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Keane for Celtic after wages deal

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Combative Keane looks poised to join Celtic after a deal on his wages

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Roy Keane's dream of ending his career at Celtic looks set to be realised after the club's major shareholder reportedly agreed to pay part of his salary.

BBC Scotland said on Wednesday that Irish tycoon Dermot Desmond had agreed to come up with the funds to ensure that his compatriot Keane moves to Parkhead.

Keane has repeatedly made it clear that Celtic, the club he supported while growing up in Ireland, was his favored destination.

But it had appeared in recent weeks that the two parties would be unable to do a deal on the 34-year-old's wages.

The Irishman finished his career at Manchester United earning a reported 90,000 pounds a week, three times the top salary at Celtic.

Real Madrid and more than half the clubs in the Premiership had also expressed an interest in signing the midfielder.

Earlier this week, Real President Florentino Perez ruled out a move before January and Keane himself has said he would prefer not to play for another Premiership club.

"If we've got a chance of signing Roy Keane and I was asked about it then I would say we should," Real's England captain David Beckham told a news conference on Wednesday.

"He brings a lot to a team and I've never played with a better leader on the pitch."

Beckham, however, hinted that Keane, who left United last month after 12 years at the club, may join Celtic.

"It's his decision where he will end up and I know that Celtic is the club he supports and people have linked him with there since he left United," Beckham said.

Keane's career at United came to an end after the club captain savaged the performance of five of his team-mates in a defeat at Middlesbrough.

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