Irish legend Robbie Keane linked to shock move to Lilywhites during January

Veteran Irish striker Robbie Keane is being linked with a January move to Preston North End, according to a report from the Lancashire Post.

The player, who is currently without a club having left LA Galaxy last year, has been the subject of interest from a number of parties this window, with the Deepdale club believed to have joined the growing list in the last few days.

While Simon Grayson’s side have enjoyed an impressive first half of the campaign, currently sitting just six points outside the playoff places in ninth position, they have lacked an out-and-out goalscorer as of late, with their top scorer Callum Robinson having only netted seven times this season so far.

However, it is speculated that although there is definite interest in Keane from the Lancashire club, his high wage demands could mean the chances of a deal being done this month are relatively unlikely.

The 36-year-old striker is a veteran of his trade, and is no stranger to the English game; he has turned out for a number of domestic clubs over the years including Wolves, Leeds United, Coventry City and Liverpool.

Perhaps his most fruitful spell in Britain came while playing for Tottenham between 2002 and 2008, where he managed to find the back of the net 80 times in just under 200 appearances for Spurs.

More recently, he enjoyed an even more successful career in America with MLS outfit Los Angeles Galaxy;

after crossing the pond in 2011, he made a name for himself as one of the league’s most deadly attackers, scoring 104 times in 165 outings.

Keane is also widely regarded as one of the Republic of Ireland’s greatest ever players.

He boasts a fantastic goal scoring record at international level, having netted on 68 occasions over the course of his 18-year career with the Boys in Green.

A move for Keane would surely add more goals to the Lilywhites’ tally come the end of the season, and potentially the addition of a proven goalscorer could be the key ingredient to success in Preston’s playoff push.

Simon Grayson’s side take on Aston Villa away from home this weekend, as they look to extend their winning run after a surprise victory on Saturday against promotion-chasing Brighton and Hove Albion.

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