The Daily Record says the Geordie club have been alerted by Keegan to the Scotland midfielder's availability and are ready to make a bid to take him south. Celtic are expected to make an offer for Robson but Keegan is ready to up the ante to make him his first signing.
After spending the past three years north of the border, Keegan reckons Robson can make an impact in the Premiership. Speculation about the Tannadice skipper has grown in recent weeks but Keegan's return to Tyneside has brought Robson into the frame for his rebuilding plan.
A source close to the player said: "Barry believes he can play at the highest level and there is a lot of interest in him. There is no definite contact but his ambition is to prove himself among the best.
"He'll have to weigh up his options over the next couple of days but he has never hidden his intention of being able to cut it at the highest level."