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Sunday 24 September 2017

In-form Keane not looking for Premier return

ROBBIE KEANE insists that he is not aiming for a way back to the Premier League, even after giving notice that he may have a future at the highest level after all with a stunning brace of goals on Saturday.

Keane's two high-quality strikes against the first of his 10 clubs were not the only factor in Aston Villa's winning recovery against luckless Wolves but they prompted Villa boss Alex McLeish to declare an immediate interest in signing the Ireland striker permanently.

Yet Keane, who is with Villa on a six-match loan, says he is not contemplating a change of heart over the reported £3.5m deal he signed with LA Galaxy in August, even if he adds more goals to a Premier League tally that stands at 125.

"My record is there and no one is going to take away the goals I scored before I left," he said.

"But it was my choice to go over there and I haven't really missed the Premier League. It's not something I've really thought about. But I had three or four weeks off. It was too long a time for me to be sitting around waiting for pre-season and I wanted to start playing again."

McLeish is unlikely to be alone among those sizing up Keane, whose US move followed his failure to attract another Premier League deal after his loan from Tottenham to West Ham ended.

"If he feels he wants to come back to the Premier League, I'm sure there would be some welcoming arms," McLeish said. "I would like to think we'd be interested."

Wolves finished with 10 men after Karl Henry was sent off for kicking out at Marc Albrighton.

Manager Mick McCarthy said: "He's got hold of his leg and Karl backheels him. Albrighton does roll about as if he has been hit by a steamroller, but it's a sending off."

QPR climbed out of the relegation zone by beating bottom side Wigan 3-1 at Loftus Road, with goals from Akos Buszaky, Heidar Helguson and Tommy Smith.

David Goodwillie's equaliser gave Blackburn a point at Goodison Park after Tim Cahill gave Everton the lead, while West Brom won 2-1 at Stoke thanks to a last-minute free-kick from Graham Dorrans.

There were mixed fortunes for the north-east's clubs as Sunderland beat Swansea 2-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner, while Newcastle were thrashed 5-2 at Fulham.

The magpies took the lead through Danny Guthrie, but Danny Murphy's penalty kickstarted the fightback and Clint Dempsey fired a second-half hat-trick.

Norwich and Chelsea finished goalless at Carrow Road, the first time the Canaries have kept a clean sheet all season.

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