Aston Villa remains optimistic
But the eight-hour time difference between Birmingham and
Sources close to the club are confident a temporary deal for Keane will still go through.
Keane has indicated he wants to join Villa and is conscious of retaining his match sharpness before rejoining
He said: "If you are getting players like that, it is good for the club.
"Our squad is pretty young and having another wise head alongside the likes of
"Robbie has been around for ages and has played at the top level."
Keane's expected arrival is well timed with fellow striker
Manchester City has set its sights on winning titles on both sides of the Atlantic after announcing its entrance into Major League Soccer.