CARSON -- Deadline arrives Sunday night for the Galaxy to complete a reported deal with Irish forward Robbie Keane, and if you're looking for a concrete sign, how about this: Juan Pablo Angel wasn't around for the team's training session Sunday morning at Home Depot Center.
Any deal with Keane will require L.A. to relinquish one of its Designated Players, and Landon Donovan and David Beckham aren't going anywhere. Angel, a disappointment with a $1 million base salary, is odd man out.
Where, Bruce Arena was asked, is Angel?
“He's not here today,” the Galaxy's head coach and general manager replied.
Will he be in training Monday?
And possibly not. The summer transfer window closes Sunday at 8:59 p.m. PT, and Angel would have to be gone before Keane officially is added to the roster. Is L.A. looking to deal him?
“We have no comments at this time on any player moves,” Arena said. “We're hoping to have some stuff to announce in the next 24 to 48 hours.”
Keane, Ireland's national team captain, is looking for a place to play after falling out of favor with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. He was hoping to move to another English Premier League side, but only Blackburn was interested, and Keane turned down a move to second-tier Leicester City.
Reports emerged Friday from England that Keane had agreed to a two-year deal worth about $9 million with the Galaxy and was en route to Los Angeles to sign a contract. Subsequent reports were that a deal has not been signed, and Irish newspaper Independent said an agreement appeared to be hung up on Keane's insistence on a three-year contract.
The Galaxy's policy, Arena reminded media, is to not comment on prospective players until they've signed with the club.
“I have no comments about any player,” he said. “I think our policy since I've been here is to not talk about players that are with other clubs or names that are just fantasyland out there until we actually acquire a player. That's the only time we comment. And you kn that's been our consistent history. Once something changes, we'll let you know, and it'll be accurate.”
Keane is expected to insist he be loaned to an English club during MLS's offseason, which would enable him to keep his place with Ireland's national team.
“Robbie is desperate to get to the European Championship finals with Ireland next year, and he won’t let anything get in the way of that,” a source “close to the player” told Irish Central, a website affiliated with Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine. “He is interested in playing in America -- he has said that previously -- but only if he can play in Europe when their season ends to stay sharp for the Irish team.”
Irish Central also reports that the Galaxy are in talks to play a November friendly in Dublin, probably against Shamrock Rovers, if they sign Keane.
If signed, Keane is expected to become MLS's third-highest-paid player, after the Galaxy's David Beckham ($5.5 million base salary, $6.5 million guaranteed compensation) and New York's Thierry Henry ($5 million and $5.6 million).
There's talk Angel is moving around the corner, to Chivas USA. Messages left for Goats general manager Jose Domene and head coach Robin Fraser were not immediately returned.
Philadelphia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, Angel's Colombian countryman, posted on his Twitter account Sunday that Angel might show up in a Union uniform. His series of four tweets:
“Seria un sueño hecho realidad tener a mi "hermano" @JUANPABLOANGEL jugando para el Filadelfia Union, encajaria perfecto en nuestro equipo!!!” (Translation: “It would be a dream come true to have my 'brother' @ JUANPABLOANGEL playing for the Philadelphia Union, [he would] fit perfectly into our team!”
“Its just a personal wish, just saying, you never know!!! DOOP!!!”
“Sorry its all I CAN tell right now!!!”
“i am convinced that the @sonsofben [the Union's primary supporters' group] will love him since day1 they r the best and most passionate fans from all the league! DOOP!”
UPDATE (2:15 p.m.): Sky Sports reports that Tottenham has accepted an offer from the Galaxy for Keane, and that the Irish forward will be joining the Galaxy if he agrees with L.A. on a contract.