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[18 AUG 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
City Close In On Robbie Keane

Coventry City are closing in on the biggest transfer deal in their history after agreeing a fee for Wolves wonder-kid Robbie Keane.

The 19-year-old will now discuss personal terms with the Sky Blues and could sign tomorrow morning if negotiations run smoothly.

The deal would be a huge coup for City chairman Bryan Richardson who has been desperately looking to bring new talent to the club after selling England B striker Darren Huckerby to Leeds United.

It will also be case of sweet revenge for Richardson who will be capturing the highly rated Keane from under the noses of midlands rivals Aston Villa, who have been tracking him since June.

The Coventry chairman was left seething by Villa boss John Gregory’s conduct in both the Dion Dublin and George Boateng transfers, but now may have the last laugh by landing their number one target.

Over the last 12 months the Sky Blues have sold around 20 million worth of talent sparking fears that the club may be heading for decline, but the move for Keane reinforces Richardson’s promise to re-invest transfer proceeds.

Coventry boss Gordon Strachan is believed to be a huge admirer of the prolific Irish striker who has previously turned down a move to link up with Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough.

Richardson today confirmed the Sky Blues interest saying:

"We have agreed a fee with Wolverhampton Wanderers for Robbie Keane and we have also agreed transfer terms.

"We are now in negotiation with the player’s agent to discuss personal terms with a view to a permanent move to Highfield Road."

Although City will not disclose the agreed fee, it would be a club transfer record shattering the 4 million paid for Mustapha Hadi a month ago as well as a record for a British teenager.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 18 Aug 99

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