Robbie Keane keen on Villa loan, McLeish says

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Teammates with Landon Donovan on the Los Angeles Galaxy, Robbie Keane could soon be playing against the American in an English Premier League match.

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish said Thursday that his club has opened talks with Keane with a view to signing the 31-year-old forward on loan until March, when the Major League Soccer season begins.

If the Ireland captain completes his move to Villa Park over the next few days, his debut could come on Jan. 14 against Everton -- the team Donovan has just joined on loan for the same period.