Keane completes Villa loan move from LA Galaxy
Updated: January 12, 2012, 10:33
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BIRMINGHAM, England(AP) Aston Villa signed striker Robbie Keane on Thursday on a two-month loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.
With the European Championship coming up in June, the Ireland captain wants to stay sharp while many of his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates are off.
"I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League,'' the 31-year-old former Tottenham striker said. "This is only short term.''
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry only needed minutes back in English football on Monday to score the goal that put Arsenal through to the fourth round of the FA Cup on a glorious return to north London.
"Can I do a Thierry Henry? I hope so. It would be great to do that,'' Keane said after signing a two-month loan deal. "It was written that he was always going to come back and score on his return to Arsenal. Good luck to him. He is obviously a legend at Arsenal.
"If I can do something like that in the six (league) games, and help the team, that is great.''
Keane has been training with Villa since the start of the week and will be in contention to make his debut on Saturday against Everton, which has Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan on loan.
Villa is 13th in the Premier League, seven points above the relegation zone.
"I'll be trying my best to make a big impact and help the team push forward up the table,'' Keane said. "If I can pass my experience and knowledge on to the younger players and help this team, then great.''
Villa record signing Darren Bent is relishing reforming their Tottenham strike partnership.
"It's a top signing, a really clever move,'' Bent said. "In training Robbie has looked razor-sharp and up for the challenge. He's a great player and he has been for many years.''