Robbie Keane will train with former club Tottenham Hotspur amid reports Aston Villa have discussed the possibility of signing the striker on a short-term loan deal from LA Galaxy.

Skysports.com reports how the 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international was a transfer target for Alex McLeish in the last January transfer window, and the former Birmingham boss now wants to bring him to Villa Park.

The Blues had agreed a £6million fee with Spurs for the transfer of Keane, but the club were unable to settle on personal terms and he subsequently moved to West Ham United on loan.

After returning to White Hart Lane at the end of the 2010-11 campaign, Keane left Tottenham permanently when he moved to the MLS in August, but will now be welcomed back to north London to train with Harry Redknapp's first-team in a bid to maintain his fitness during the off-season.

Looking ahead to Euro 2012, Keane is determined to stay sharp and build on his fitness ahead of the new MLS campaign, so may see the opportunity to join Villa on a temporary deal as a perfect opportunity to keep ticking over.

If Villa are able to finalise a two-month loan for Keane, he would team up with his Ireland teammates Shay Given and Richard Dunne in the Midlands, and would follow in the footsteps of Galaxy captain Landon Donovan who has re-signed for Everton on a short-term deal.

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