POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 16: Robbie Keane of Tottenham during the 2011 Vodacom Challenge match between Kaizer Chiefs and Tottenham Hotspur at Peter Mokaba Stadium on July 16, 2011 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivmabu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The LA Galaxy announced this morning that they have come to terms with Irish International Robbie Keane, who comes on a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. He will officially be added once his P-1 Visa goes through. Keane scored a total of 91 goals for Spurs, but was loaned out in 2010 and 2011 to Celtic and West Ham respectively.
The Galaxy admitted in their email that will have to make a change to the roster prior to adding Keane due to having 3 Designated Players already. Juan Pablo Angel has been rumored to Philadelphia, Chivas USA, and the moon. I don't think he'll be taking that contract to play on the moon, but Chivas are allegedly the front runners.
“I have already discussed football with Bruce Arena and I know exactly what he wants from me,” Keane added. “I am fit, fresh and ready to go. I've come here to score goals and help this team achieve their goals. This is a massive opportunity for me in my career. I aim to grab it with both hands and hopefully help give the Galaxy fans what they want.”
MLS clubs don't release salary information, but reports have been in the six million pounds range. Bruce Arena hasn't shied for expressing his disappointment with the play of Juan Pablo Angel, but I don't think anyone saw a move of this proportion happening.
So what do you think of the move? Will a new striker solve the Galaxy scoring woes? We should also send our thanks to Beckham, who talked Keane into moving during the offseason. Also, also, this is to my memory the first time an MLS club has payed a transfer fee to bring over an EPL player. Precedent has been set!