Anatomy Of A Bullshit Robbie Keane Transfer Rumour

Anatomy Of A Bullshit Robbie Keane Transfer Rumour


The MLS season is over. Robbie Keane has won his third title in the US. He is the MVP of the league.

And now begin the rumours regarding a possible loan move to the Premier League for the Dubliner in January. Today's are just a little bit premature though.

Several media outlets, including the Irish Independent, Football365, London Evening Standard, Irish Examiner, The Express and The Daily Mail report some comments by QPR boss Harry Redknapp regarding his interest in the Irish captain.


This is what Redknapp is being reported as having said.

The MLS market is one that we’ve got to look at. Robbie’s a good shout – he’s a good pro.

He would be the ideal type to have around for sure because he would give us something. I haven’t spoken to him yet, but he would be an interesting player.


The QPR boss did indeed say say that. It's just that it was back in 2012.

It all stems from pretty much everyone's go to aggregator of football transfer gossip, the BBC. This morning's round-up on their website includes the following:

QPR boss Harry Redknapp hopes to bring in some Major League Soccer players on loan in January with LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane, 34, top of his list. (Setanta)

The Setanta article that it links to is from December 8th, 2012. Sky Sports also had the same quotes on that date two years ago.

One BBC employee doesn't check the date on some quotes and just like that you've got yourself an erroneous transfer rumour.

See also: You’ve Got To Love Robbie Keane’s Uninhibited Honesty During Interviews These Days

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