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EXCLUSIVE | The former Premier League stars have been offered to five A-League teams but not one has responded to the initial contact

Nicolas Anelka and Robbie Keane have been shopped around the A-League as potential guest players but no clubs have shown any interest in the January transfer window.

Goal Australia has been told the two veteran strikers have been presented as possible signings to Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City, Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix but their Australia-based agent has yet to receive a response.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is believed to have put pressure on A-League clubs - both before the 2015-16 season and in the lead-up to the January transfer window - to target high-profile marquee and guest players to boost the competition.

But after widespread reports Ronaldinho's agent struggled to get a call-back from A-League clubs, the apparent rejection of Keane and Anelka shows FFA's directive may be being ignored.

Keane, 35, has played the past four years with LA Galaxy and remains contracted to the MLS club, which would presumably make his availability limited, with the 2016 MLS season set to begin on March 6.

Anelka, 36, is player-coach at Mumbai City in the Indian Super League but did not make an appearance for his team in the 2015 season, which finished in December.

While Anelka's lack of playing time may be concerning, Keane made 25 appearances for Galaxy in 2015, scoring 20 goals.

In a professional career spanning two decades, Anelka has played for Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Keane also has extensive experience in the Premier League playing for the likes of Leeds United, Tottenham and Liverpool.

In the Premier League's all-time goal-scorers list, Keane (126) and Anelka (125) sit 13th and 14th, respectively.

While A-League squads are generally limited to five foreign players, guest players do not count towards that quota. Guest players generally have certain requirements, such as having played top level football and possess significant international experience.

 

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