Done deal! Villa complete Keane loan and striker goes straight into squad for Everton game
Robbie Keane has ended his 13-year wait to become an Aston Villa player after joining the midlands club on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Republic of Ireland international was on the verge of joining Villa in 1999 from Wolves only for a late hitch over the transfer fee to see him move to Coventry instead.
The 31-year-old has agreed to move to
Villa Park until February when he returns to the States for the restarts
of Major League Soccer in March.
Getting shirty: Keane is unveiled at Villa's training ground on Thursday
'I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League,' Keane told Villa's official website.
'This is only short-term, of course,
but there has been a lot of speculation over the years linking my name
to Villa and, finally, I'm here.
'I'm excited about it and I know I'll really enjoy my time here.
'It's only for two months but I will do my absolute best in these two months.'
Villa received the final paperwork from
the Galaxy giving the green light to the move during the early hours of
Green light: Villa received the final paperwork for Keane's transfer on Thursday
Keane could face an instant reunion
with his Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan in Saturday's home Barclays
Premier League clash with Everton.
Donovan has linked up with the Toffees for a second loan period.
Keane may partner England hitman Darren Bent on his debut, and the 27-year-old Villa striker revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside Keane.
'It's a top signing, a really clever move. In training Robbie has looked razor-sharp and up for the challenge,' Bent said.
'He also brings that competition to the striking department. Gabby's in great form, I'm coming back into form after my injury problems, Emile has an injury but there's Nathan and Andy Weimann, too, so the competition will only be enhanced with Robbie's presence here.'
It is also a case of second time lucky for Villa boss Alex McLeish regarding the capture of Keane.
Done deal: Keane goes straight into the squad for the Saturday's game against Everton
McLeish was hopeful of signing Keane
12 months ago when in charge of Birmingham who announced they had agreed
a 6million fee with Tottenham.
But the player instead went on loan to West Ham before leaving White Hart Lane for the United States last summer.
McLeish said: 'We have been pursuing Robbie to bring him in with his extra experience in terms of the attack.
'I believe we could be doing with that when you see one or two of our players getting injured over the last couple of weeks.
'It does leave us a little bit short.
'We've got young kids trying to prove
themselves in the Barclays Premier League but it's very scatter-gun the
experience they are getting with 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there.
Second chance: Keane nearly joined Villa in 1999
'I really believe we could be doing with that wee bit of experience that someone like Robbie provides.'
McLeish is confident Keane can still
make his mark at Premier League level and who will be keen to show
maintain his sharpness ahead of the Euro 2012 finals with Ireland.
He said: 'Robbie is a guy who is going to be playing in a huge tournament at the end of the season (Euro 2012).
'I'm sure Robbie Keane will not want to let his standards drop at this stage of his career.
'If anything, we should have a massively motivated boy on our hands.'