Alex McLeish has suggested Aston Villa would be interested if Robbie Keane decided to make a permanent move to the Premier League.
Keane scored two terrific goals to seal all three points for Villa in a 3-2 win over Wolves on Saturday and while McLeish admits he has not thought about buying the LA Galaxy star outright, he insists he could be interested in a deal.
When asked about the possibility of Keane arriving permanently, he responded: “No it’s not something that we’ve thought about as yet. You’ve docked me after he’s just scored two goals but since the final whistle we haven’t yet opened talks.
“I like to think I’d be interested [if he came back to the Premier League]. He’s probably paid his dues with that magnificent performance today.”
McLeish hailed the striker's match-winning double.
“Two great strikes - Robbie’s done that throughout his career and it was no surprise to see him on the scoresheet. It was spectacular. Not many people shoot from outside the box these days, but Keane has done that a few times over the years.”
Darren Bent had initially converted a penalty after he was brought down by Christophe Berra but Wolves came back, as Michael Kightly cut inside Ciaran Clark to fire in the equalizer following good work from Emmanuel Frimpong before David Edwards got a flick on from a Roger Johnson header to put the home side 2-1 ahead.
The Villa boss conceded that his side was fortunate, after Keane's double secured all three points.
“We got a bit of luck today. Mick's [McCarthy] team's first-half onslaught we looked as if we could be dead and buried but after halftime the team responded very well. Maybe I’ve got to make them angry every week," he said.
“They started great in the game and for some reason we started to play on the back-foot instead of the front-foot and allowed Wolves to come on to us.”