In second transfer within the space of five months, Robbie Keane has completed the long-projected loan deal from LA Galaxy to Aston Villa.
Speculation had been linking the veteran with the move since the start of the transfer window when the Irishman was back in England training with former club Tottenham Hotspur.
The pint-sized striker is being brought in to aid Villa in their struggling season in which scoring goals appears to be a particular negative.
Although Darren Bent continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool, his form has taken a turn for the worse this campaign as the England international has only managed to find the back of the net on six occasions.
LA Galaxy were desperate to sort out the insurance clauses for the move before they let Keane return to the Premier League during the MLS off-season.
Now that those agreements have been finalised, the former Tottenham, Wolves and Inter hotshot has completed his two-month loan signing and will seek to help the Villans goal drought, in a season that has seen them go goalless on eight occasions in the Premier League.
The Birmingham outfit are five goals off being dead bottom of the League in terms of scoring, and the experienced head of Keane may prove invaluable given their current predicament.
The forward may not be as spritely as he once was but the Irishman’s mind will be as quick as ever, in a 2012 start that will set the pace for the remainder of Villa’s season.