RUMORS: Robbie Keane en route to the A-League

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The Republic of Ireland's all-time top goalscorer may be on his way to Australia, after Brisbane Roar expressed an interest in the striker

Following his recent departure from Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, Robbie Keane is reportedly being targeted by Australian club Brisbane Roar.

Mark Kingsman, managing director of the A-League side, refused to deny that the club will attempt to make Keane their first-ever high-profile guest signing when the transfer window opens in January.

"When you've got somebody of Robbie Keane's caliber and pedigree, I'm sure every A-League club would be interested but we haven't made an approach yet," Kingsman said. "We will make the call."

Keane has historical links to Brisbane, having played alongside their coach John Aloisi at Coventry City, and he would be following in the footsteps of fellow Republic of Ireland internationals Damien Duff, who spent one season at Melbourne City, and Andrew Keogh, who continues to score prolificly for Perth Glory.

Duff, of course, finished his career with an injury-affected 2015 season at Shamrock Rovers, to whom Keane continues to be linked.

Speaking to buzz.ie, Hoops defender Simon Madden opined that the potential arrival of Keane would represent a "massive boost for the club".

“I’d say he is keeping his options open,” said Madden. “He could play here for a couple of years easily.

“Duffer came back and played here and Maccer (sporting director, Stephen McPhail)  too. I’d say he will have to talk to them and see what he’s going to do. It would be nice if he could come.”

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Signing the former Irish international would certainly represent quite the coup for busy manager Stephen Bradley, who has already brought the likes of Paul Corry, Daniel Devine, Darren Meenan, Ryan Connolly and Roberto Lopes to Tallaght Stadium in the off-season.


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