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Robbie Keane on passage to India to link up with Sheringham

By Matt Slater

Former Republic of Ireland and Tottenham striker Robbie Keane has moved to India to play for Teddy Sheringham's Atletico de Kolkata.

The 37-year-old, who only retired from international duty last year, had been a free agent since calling time on a five-year stint with the LA Galaxy.

Atletico have already secured the services of Sheringham, like Keane a former Spurs player, as their head coach while Ashley Westwood - a Manchester United academy graduate in 1994 - is the club's technical director.

Keane, who has also represented Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds and Liverpool during his career, had been linked with Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham this summer.

Meanwhile, Burnley defender Kevin Long has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League club.

The Republic of Ireland international, 27, the Clarets' longest-serving player, had one year left on his previous deal.

"I am delighted," Long said. "It's been going on for quite a while now so it's nice to get it signed and look forward to the next three years.

"It caps what's been a fabulous few months for me. Coming into the team at the end of last season was great and then to make my international debut for Ireland over the summer was a dream.

"Here at Burnley, we've secured another season in the Premier League, so this is a club going in the right direction and it's a pleasure to be a part of that."

Burnley sold fellow central defender Michael Keane to Everton for £30million earlier this summer and Long is hoping to build on his three Premier League appearances last season.

"I've been here a long time and probably haven't played as much as I'd have liked, so hopefully in the next three years I can play a lot more," he added.

Long, who joined Burnley from Cork City in January 2010, made his first Premier League start in the 2-2 draw against West Brom in May which guaranteed the Clarets another season in the top flight.

He made his first senior international appearance for the Republic in a friendly against Mexico in June and his competitive debut followed soon after in their World Cup qualifier against Austria.

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