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Bryan Richardson Hails Keane

Robbie Keane will, barring any late snags, make his Coventry City debut at Highfield Road against Derby on Saturday.

The Wolves wonder kid agreed a five-year deal with the Sky Blues last night and should put pen to paper later today.

The move, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around 6 million, is a massive coup for the Sky Blues and will silence critics who slammed their sale of Darren Huckerby for 5.5 million to Leeds last week.

Keane has been heavily linked with moves to Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Arsenal.

Chairman Bryan Richardson said:

"I am obviously delighted that we have managed to agree personal terms and we look forward to Robbie joining us.

"This will clearly show our intent to continue to improve our squad with top quality international players following the signings of Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo within the last month.

"The meeting with Wolves was very professional and very cordial and that in itself was relatively straightforward. You never know how talks with agents will go but in this case the agent was very organised.

"All being well he will be one of the great signings that has ever taken place. I have no doubts that he will prove a great favourite with the supporters and some people who never thought we could go for such a player.

"I hope it will raise eyebrows. People had their eyebrows raised when we sold Darren Huckerby but we had a strategy, which has come into place. Those people in the area who heavily criticised us for letting Darren go will be more than delighted that he have signed Robbie who we believe is a better all round player who will score us more goals."

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 19 Aug 99

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