A potential transfer deal which would see Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas leave Tottenham Hotspur for Aston Villa in exchange for England hopeful Ashley Young is being mooted this week in the British press.
Republic of Ireland captain and all-time leading goalscorer Robbie Keane has enjoyed a prolific half-season loan spell at Celtic, where 16 goals in 19 matches saw him named as Player of the Season.
Keane says that the move has rejuvenated him as a player, claiming that he has fallen in love with football, adding in an interview with the Daily Record that he is looking forward to returning to White Hart Lane to "get myself in the team."
While Keane has been making an impact at Celtic Park, however, Spurs have set about securing a qualifying place for the first time in their history in next season's Champions League, Europe's elite club football tournament.
And although the team's goals have been shared more equally among the squad than in recent seasons, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, and Roman Pavlyuchenko have all scored important goals in Keane's absence. It seems that Keane has not been missed.
It is true that Keane has more international pedigree and experience than any of these three strikers, but apparently Martin O'Neill will tempt counterpart Redknapp to sell him a player who commanded a £20 million transfer fee less than 18 months ago.
The Villa manager sees Keane as a leader on the field and is confident that his Irish compatriot will score the goals that flop Emile Heskey was asked to contribute—and hopes that the transfer will go some way to appeasing Villa fans over the impending departure of England midfielder James Milner.
O'Neill is also keen to resurrect the stalling career of another Spurs player who has lost his way in the last season, Jermaine Jenas. Forever dividing opinion, Jenas has the physical attributes and footballing skill to play at a high level in the Premier League. Yet the former Newcastle player seems unable to hold down a regular starting place and has developed neither into a commanding holding midfielder nor a free-spirited attacking option.
Although Harry Redknapp admires the abilities of both players, the form of England trio Crouch, Defoe, and Huddlestone, all present last night during their country's 3-1 defeat of Mexico, may have persuaded him to sell both Jenas and Keane while they still have transfer value.
Despite Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale's sparkling form on either flank for the London club last season, it is reported that Redknapp is considering a £20 million move for winger Ashley Young, who missed out on a place in Capello's provisional 30-man World Cup squad, despite scoring nine goals and creating 16 more in his 45 cup and league appearances in 2009-10.
While Young has quality and pace, it is debatable whether Tottenham need such a player to push them on to Champions League success and a shot at the Premier League crown.
There are several questions that must, therefore, be asked of this deal: Is the need at White Hart Lane for a world-class left-back and experienced international forward more pressing than for another good winger? Cannot a player of the charisma, experience, and goalscoring ability of Keane still be a potent weapon in a squad? Would swapping Milner for Jenas and Keane drive Aston Villa forward as a club?
If Aston Villa do ask to talk to the Tottenham duo, Redknapp would be advised to politely inquire into the fee required for securing Milner's services. If Villa is looking for good players who can make a difference to its team, the club will find long-term value in deals for Portsmouth loanee Jamie O'Hara and star striker Aruna Dindane.