GALAXY: Reports say Robbie Keane close to deal
Irish forward Robbie Keane is closing in on a deal with the Galaxy, ESPN's Shaka Hislop and other media outlets are reporting.
Keane, 31, who is under contract to Tottenham and likely would arrive in a loan deal, played the first half of this year on loan to West Ham United and in 2010 on loan to Celtic. Ireland's captain and all-time goals leader (with 51 in 108 international appearances) also has played for Inter Milan, Liverpool, Leeds United, Coventry City and Wolverhampton.
To make room for Keane, 31, the Galaxy is expected to trade or release striker Juan Pablo Angel, who has scored just three league goals since joining the club in December. Soccer By Ives, a soccer news website, reports that the Galaxy are shopping Keane to other MLS clubs, and that Angel's preference is to return to the East Coast. The Colombian striker played four seasons with New York before coming to L.A.
MLS's summer transfer window closes Sunday at 8:59 p.m. PT, but the league has informed clubs they need to submit paperwork by the end of business Friday to ensure players are approved before the deadline.
MLS teams are allowed no more than three Designated Players, and Keane would join Landon Donovan and David Beckham in the Galaxy's trio.
UPDATE (3:25 p.m.): Galaxy head coach/general manager Bruce Arena made a statement through the club's media-relations department. "We are always looking to improve our squad and have contacted or been contacted by a host of players during the current transfer window," Arena said. "As soon as we have something confirmed in regards to any potential player acquisitions, we will be sure to alert everyone."