Irish football star Robbie Keane looks set to lose a significant sum of money on his new house in Cheshire — just weeks after he bought it.
Keane's return to Tottenham Hotspur in London after just six months with Liverpool comes a short time after he and his wife Claudine moved into their new home in the leafy village of Prestbury, near Liverpool.
The couple relocated from the city centre to the swanky suburb which is home to other footballers such as Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and Keane’s Republic of Ireland team mate Richard Dunne of Manchester City.
The short-lived Anfield forward was believed to have moved into ex-Liverpool defender Steve Finnan's former home in Prestbury.
Robbie and Claudine reportedly splashed out £3m on the home in the picturesque hamlet.
But the price of property across Britain has dropped considerably since they first purchased the house.
Prestbury is a picture postcard village near Manchester, and with approximately 2,000 houses in the area.
A local councillor, Nicholas Stratford, said he would be sorry to see the footballer go, and despite some protestations by locals, sports stars were always welcome in the area.
“They do keep themselves to themselves and they don't do much in the community, but they don't cause any hassle and they bring money into the local economy,” said Mr Stratford.