MK Dons are closing in on Ireland international and former captain Keith Andrews. The midfielder, who is currently unhappy on loan at Watford from Bolton, has had limited opportunities in the Championship and now looks ready to drop down a level to play for his former club.
Andrews was part of the Dons' promotion and Johnstone Paint Trophy winning side of 2008 before he left for the then Premier League Blackburn.
Dons manager Karl Robinson said: “We had a meal, me him and his wife, on Tuesday and we’ve spoken to Watford, and Bolton and we’ve unofficially agreed terms."
“He’s in training on his own today, until something official happens. He can’t train with us because he’s a Bolton player on loan at Watford. Until he’s our player, he has to wait.”
"He’s in training on his own today, until something official happens. He can’t train with us because he’s a Bolton player on loan at Watford. Until he’s our player, he has to wait"
One in One out?
The signing of Andrews brings in to question Dele Alli's future at Stadium:MK. The youngster has been scouted by multiple Premier League clubs and has been linked with a move to Liverpool in a bid to become the next Steven Gerrard.
Robinson however was quick to state that this isn't the reason for the acquisition of the clubs former captain: “He’s not a replacement for Dele, far from it. We’re looking at different systems to play."
Despite Robinson's desire to keep the 18-year old a significant offer from a Premier League side would surely turn the head of the young star who has featured regularly this season and has already scored two hat-tricks for the club from midfield.
A happy reunion?
In his time at MK, Andrews scored 19 goals from 78 appearances including a penalty at Wembley when the Dons triumphed over Grimsby 2-0 in the 2008 Johnstone Paint Trophy final.
The fans would be naive to think that an Andrews's return would bring a similar record however, especially with him being likely to play second fiddle to Darren Potter and Alli should he stay at the club.
Andrews has played at the top level with Ireland and Blackburn and may be the additional experience Robinson's side need to see them finally win promotion to the Championship. MK currently sit four points adrift of first placed Swindon Town but have two games in hand on their promotion rivals.
An announcement of Andrews return to MK Dons is expected in the not to distant future, as relayed by local sources.