By Alex Stevens
Leeds are in the bookmakers’ running for a sensational reunion with striker Robbie Keane in the final week of the transfer window.
Both betting companies make Leeds’ Championship rivals Preston the favourites to sign the free agent, who is looking for a club after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of last year.
Intriguingly, Leeds are also tipped as a possible destination for the former Premier League goal machine, who is now 36.
Elland Road manager Garry Monk has made it clear he wants to sign a striker before the 31 January cut-off and said on Tuesday night he was “hopeful” of new arrivals “very soon”.
Keane scored 15 goals in 52 matches for the Yorkshire giants earlier in his career when they club were a Champions League calibre club and regular top-four finishers in the English top flight.
He has continued to score prolifically throughout his career, including in spells at Tottenham, Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, Aston Villa and Coventry, and is ready for a return to an English club after plundering 104 goals in 165 LA Galaxy matches.
The 146-time Republic of Ireland international recently revealed that he had received offers from Championship clubs but did not reveal the identity of the clubs.
Football Insider verdict:
Keane would be an excellent short-term solution to Leeds’ striker requirements. Chris Wood is the main man and the undoubted attack leader but Monk would be chronically short if the big Kiwi was to pick up an injury. Keane has seen it, done it and bought the T-shirt in a goal-laden career and would be able to set a brilliant example to the club’s emerging stars. He has also been banging in the goals in America and has the clinical touch to make a major impact in the Championship.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed a second midfielder deal of the January window.