Out-of-favour Keogh eyes permanent move

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LEEDS United’s on-loan striker Andy Keogh has told Wolves manager Mick McCarthy he “100 per cent” wants to sign for the Yorkshire club on a permanent basis once his loan expires early next month.

It is Keogh’s third loan spell away from Molineux, after playing for Cardiff and Bristol City last season, since his last appearance for Wolves 16 months ago.

Keogh feels he has fallen so far out of favour under McCarthy his only chance of salvaging his career is to leave the club he joined for £600,000 from Scunthorpe almost five years ago.

And the 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international is desperate to remain with Leeds, the club where he started out as a trainee in 2003. With Keogh’s loan expiring on January 2, he said: “I love the club and in an ideal world I’d like to stay.

“It’s up to the club (Leeds), and my agent will start speaking to them soon and to Wolves to see what the story is and we’ll just go from there. I’ll listen to what they have to say. Leeds is a great club.”

Fulham manager Martin Jol last night played down talk of a rift with Bobby Zamora.

The 30-year-old’s relationship with the Cottagers boss has been a hot topic of debate in recent months and was fuelled further by the striker’s omission from Saturday’s match at Swansea.

Zamora will return to the Fulham squad for tonight’s vital Europa League encounter against Odense – a match the West London club need to win to ensure progression to the knockout stage.

“I don’t think there is any problem,” said Jol. “I think the grass is always greener (on the other side) but it is not only for him.

“There are always players in a squad of 24 or 25 players that look at other clubs, but this is a great club.

“There is not one player that has told me he does not want to play for this squad.”