Keogh frustrated as Millwall block loan to Burnley
IRELAND striker Andy Keogh will be forced to see out the rest of 2013 at Millwall after the Lions turned down deadline day loan requests for the Dubliner.
Keogh is out of favour at the New Den this season under boss Steve Lomas and the 27-year-old has not started a game in two months, while some weeks he is not even on the bench.
Other clubs were keen on him and Championship high-flyers Burnley, as well as Charlton, both made offers this week to take Keogh on a short-term loan.
A move to Burnley would have appealed to Keogh as the Clarets are top of the Championship table and aiming for a return to the Premier League, while Charlton are level on points with Millwall in the bottom half of the Championship.
But Millwall refused to let the Ireland international leave as they wanted to have him as cover for the busy December period, something that has frustrated the player as a move to Burnley would have given Keogh the chance to get regular first-team football and he will now have to wait until the transfer window reopens in January.
Keogh (above) told the Herald earlier this week that he needed to get regular game if he is to have any chance of impressing the new Ireland management team of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, though Keogh – last capped against Spain in the summer – admits he has not given up hope of adding to his 30 caps.
Keogh, whose contract with Millwall runs until the end of the season, is still the club's joint-top scorer this season even though he has been frozen out.