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Jul 072010
 

2 Serie ‘A’ Goal Machines Linked – Keano Celtic Loan Return Mooted.

Despite reports to the contrary, our chances of signing 2 of Serie ‘A’s finest forward players appear to have improved .

After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar went public, claiming that he was happy in the Italian capital and that he wanted to remain and fight for his place, his club AC Milan appear to be ready to shelve the Dutch hitman in favour of bringing in a ‘great striker.’

According to his agent Fabio Parisi :

“AC Milan is trying to sell him.”

“The player will soon find out that at Milan he will have no chance to play. Also because Milan will take a great striker.”

“Huntelaar needs to realise leaving Milan now will be better for him in the long run.”

Huntelaar ,26, has endured a frustrating time in Italy, similar to the spell he had at Real Madrid, however his goals – minutes played ratio has been very good and with his value to be set at around £10-12m he would seem to be the perfect choice for Harry Redknapp’s side. With reports in Italy suggesting that White Hart Lane will be his destination, I for one would be delighted to see this one come off!

Another player recently linked with the club is Edinson Cavani.

After the Palermo president publicly announced last week that a double deal had been agreed with Spurs involving defender Simon Kjaer, he was forced to quickly backtrack after the lillywhites came out and denied any contact with the Italian club!

Whether the interest in Cavani is real or not remains to be seen but should Redknapp be looking to the Uruguayan for extra firepower next season his cause will have been helped by the reluctance of Palermo to sell any of their better players to another Italian club.

Cavani’s dream of becoming ‘the Wayne Rooney of Inter Milan’ now appears to be off the cards leaving Spurs as the highest profile club currently linked with the players signature,  however I’d personally prefer to see the club looking elsewhere … Huntelaar in particular! The player himself has said that he would not be overly keen on a move to the premiership and heading into our most important season in recent memory I’d like to see a squad of players assembled that want to be at the club and that are prepared to fight for the badge !!!

Meanwhile one player seemingly heading the opposite way through the revolving door out of White Hart Lane is Republic of Ireland international striker Robbie Keane.

Following a successful stint on loan at Parkhead last season, netting 16 goals in 19 games for the the SPL runners up, Celtic appear to be exploring the possibility of a similar arrangement this coming campaign. Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has confirmed the Hoops are chasing the signature of the Spurs man, but due to the financial situation at the Scottish club a permanent deal was not an option :

“Has Neil been speaking to Robbie? Definitely,” Mjallby told the Daily Record. “I don’t know Tottenham’s thinking when it comes to Robbie.

“He is out of our reach when it comes to buying him. But a loan would be perfect for us. To buy someone at Robbie’s level would be impossible. We don’t have that kind of money.

“The only way we could get that kind of player would be to ride our luck and maybe find someone on loan and make sure it’s a quality player who is going to give us goals.

“But we have the lure of European football at Celtic. From my own memories it’s very important as a player. It’s a great opportunity to play against the best and develop.”

Well, Robbie’s been a great player for us since he signed at the start of the 2002/3 season but after the Liverpool move and subsequent hit-and-miss form since his return, you can’t help but feel that the time is right for both Keano and the club to move on. If he does go , we’ll wish him well!