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Robbie Keane Confirms He Is Nearing A Decision On His Next Club

Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 31/8/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Oman Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring

Former Ireland captain Robbie Keane is likely to reach a decision regarding his next destination within the next few weeks, according to the man himself.

The 36-year-old has been linked with a plethora of clubs since leaving LA Galaxy of the MLS at the end of last season, with recent reports linking him with the growing Irish contingent at Championship side Preston North End.

However, rather than confirm or deny that he would be linking up with Dundalk recruits Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle at Deepdale, Keane simply told Jim White of Talksport that all would be revealed in the near future:

“I’m keeping well, training hard at the moment. So keep this space, the next couple of weeks and we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve got a few offers from England and abroad. I had to knock back a couple… Maybe a little too far away.

“There’s been a few offers from the Championship and a few other sniffs here and there, but I can’t really comment too much.”

CARSON, CA - MARCH 06:  Robbie Keane #7 of Los Angeles Galaxy takes a penalty kick in the second half of their MLS match against D.C. United at StubHub Center on March 6, 2016 in Carson, California. Keane scored on the penalty kick. The Galaxy defeated United 4-1.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Ireland’s record goalscorer has been touted for a move to a number of countries outside of England such as Portland Timbers in the MLS (where former strike partner Kevin Doyle is plying his trade), clubs in Australia, Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland and, because he is a currently active professional footballer, a move to the Chinese Super League.

Keane (jokingly) responded to said China rumours and played down talk of moves to former clubs Wolves and Leeds because there has been no contact with either:

“I’ve got a few offers on the table at the moment, I’ve had a lot of people asking me to come back to Leeds, Wolves and so on.

“Great clubs obviously I’ve played for, but you can’t go somewhere you’ve not been offered.

“If [China] gave the money Diego Costa was offered, I’d walk there now!”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Robbie Keane of Aston Villa in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on January 14, 2012 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Should he make the move to Preston (or indeed any other English club), it would be Keane’s first time playing in English football since a brief loan spell at Aston Villa during the 2011/12 season, and his first time in the second tier since leaving Wolves in August 1999.

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