It’s been 21 years since Robbie Keane left his Irish setting for first professional club Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the veteran is at short odds to make the move back to his origins this month.
The free agent has been tipped to join Shamrock Rovers, but there are a bevy of clubs linked with his signature, and What Are The Odds has analysed the chance we’ll see a winter fight break out to land Keane’s services.
The Dublin-based Rovers are currently 5/4 (2.25) to recruit Keane this month following his departure from Major League Soccer giants LA Galaxy, although wage demands mean the move could struggle to get off the ground.
Keane’s wife, Claudine, has also done her best to put an end to the speculation and addressed rumours of a move to Tallaght in November, when she tweeted: “So many people asking if we’re moving back to Ireland. We will be home for Christmas but not for long, maybe in a few more years from now.”
Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion may be more readily equipped to deal with Keane’s salary, and the Seagulls are next in line to inject some hitman quality into their squad, currently valued at 9/4 (3.25) to seal his signing.
But at the age of 36, Republic of Ireland cap record-holder Keane may fancy something more akin to a pension, meaning an 8/1 (9.00) move to any club in Australia’s A-League may be preferred. Or, perhaps the forward would prefer a move back to Major League Soccer or a new venture in the Chinese Super League, each priced as 12/1 (13.00) options that could hold huge value to punters.
There are some familiar locations in the mix, too. Of the 12 betting options linked to Keane, he’s already represented four, with Celtic the lowest price of the quartet at 20/1 (21.00), Leeds United and Wolves slightly further out at 25/1 (26.00), and League One Coventry City following the pack at 33/1 (34.00).
Celtic’s Irish links and his previous loan spell in Glasgow mean that move may hold particularly strong value, although Brendan Rodgers’ side may also struggle fitting the forward into their wage packet.
Probability of Robbie Keane's next club
|Next Club||Robbie Keane Transfer Odds||Probability|
|Any A-League Club||8/1||11.11%|
|Any Chinese Club||12/1||7.69%|
|Any MLS Club||12/1||7.69%|