Harry Redknapp, somewhat notorious for re-signing players that he’s previously worked with, is reportedly eyeing up a reunion with Robbie Keane at Birmingham City.
Redknapp has agreed to remain on at St. Andrews having guided them to Championship safety on the final day of the season, and is already planning on a strategy to get Birmingham promoted to the Premier League for the first time since 2011.
According to the Mirror, central to those plans is the recruitment of experienced players, and in that regard, the 36-year-old fits the bill. Keane has been without a club since leaving LA Galaxy in November and although Ireland’s record goalscorer has had offers from just about every corner of the globe and has trained with Al-Ahli and Shamrock Rovers, he remains unattached.
The former Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds, Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham and Aston Villa striker was seemingly in no hurry to sign for a new club after his time in Los Angeles ended, and while he considered a move to the A-League in Australia, that now seems to be a non-runner.
Keane and Redknapp, who worked together at Tottenham at the end of the last decade, are reported to have already spoken about a potential move when they met last weekend at Spurs’ White Hart Lane farewell celebration, though he will likely have offers from other Championship sides looking to restructure their squads in the summer.
On the Mixer Irish Football Podcast this week, we’re joined by Galway United manager Shane Keegan, we react to Martin O’Neill’s latest Ireland squad, plus the usual discussion of League of Ireland matters.