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Robbie Keane set for Aston Villa move, but Newcastle and Everton could appeal

It has been a trend this month that Major League Soccer players are moving back to the Premier League on a temporary basis.

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry is on the verge of a two-month loan deal at Arsenal for example, while La Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan has already completed his temporary switch to Everton.

The latest to return to England is Donovan’s Galaxy team-mate Robbie Keane. The Republic of Ireland striker is back at his former club Tottenham to maintain his fitness in the MLS off-season.

However, he may not be at White Hart Lane long as Aston Villa – who have constantly been linked with the former Wolves man – eye a two-month loan deal for the 31-year-old.

Alex McLeish is worried about his team’s lack of goals this season – they have only scored 11 goals in 10 home games for example – and would love to have Keane in his ranks.

Competition for Keane’s services is likely to be fierce though with Newcastle United and Everton also in the market for a striker.

Alan Pardew in particular will surely make a move for Keane. Leading scorer Demba Ba is set to leave for the African Cup of Nations later this month and Keane, as a proven Premier League scorer, would be a perfect replacement on a temporary basis.

Then, Everton are always in the market for a forward capable of scoring goals. Defender Leighton Baines is actually their leading scorer, so Keane linking up with his LA Galaxy team-mate Donovan might be the way to go for David Moyes.

One thing for sure, it seems certain that Keane will not spend the next two months training with Tottenham.

In other transfer news, the Darren Bent to Liverpool rumour is extremely interesting.

With Luis Suarez set to miss eight games and Kenny Dalglish always keen to splash the cash on Englishman, reports of a £24m bid certainly seem possible.

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