Wolves are in the hunt to re-sign Robbie Keane – 19 years after he first left Molineux, according to a reliable journalist.
Freelance reporter Tim Nash, formerly of the Express and Star, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night that Keane, 37, is being targeted by Wolves in a sensational move this month as Nuno Espirito Santo prepares the second half of his bid for promotion.
It is understood that while Keane is contracted to Indian Super League side ATK until March, an agreement is in place for him to be able to secure an early release in order to join Wolves.
BREAKING: @Wolves are hoping to add Robbie Keane to their promotion-chasing party. Keane, 37, is contracted to Indian Super League champions ATK until March. But it is understood he has been able to secure an early release to seal an emotional return to Molineux.
— Tim Nash (@TimNash_1) January 3, 2018
Keane began his professional career with Wolves and has played for a plethora of clubs across the globe since including Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Celtic and LA Galaxy.
The 146-times former Republic of Ireland international has had an astonishing career of getting goals, and his record in the Premier League will be no doubt be the most eye-catching part of his CV.
In 349 appearances in England’s top-flight, Keane scored 125 goals, the 14th highest in the competition’s history.
Football Insider verdict
Keane is no doubt well past his best at this stage of his career and he has not long returned from an Achilles injury, so Wolves fans should not expected the ex-Ireland international to start firing on all cylinders. The move is perhaps to appease the fans more than add anything to their promotion bid. Rafa Mir has just been signed up and Leo Bonatini has been in deadly form this season, so it would not make sense for Nuno to leave out one of them to give Keane a regular starting place. Wolves have the money to play around with and this will likely be such a cheap deal that it won’t have any impact on their budget going forward.
In other Wolves news, this goalscoring colossus has jetted in for a medical at Molineux.