Friday, January 14, 2011

Spurs accept Birmingham bid for Keane

Birmingham have had a £6million bid accepted by Tottenham for Ireland striker Robbie Keane, according to reports this evening.

City have reached agreement with Spurs to pay an initial £4 million for the Dublin born Ireland international.

But this could rise by additional £2million via various add-ons and clauses in the deal.

Sources close to Birmingham insist any potential deal for Keane is still in its infancy.

Birmingham have been given permission to hold talks with Keane. But the former Liverpool player has yet to discuss personal terms with the midlands club.

City manager Alex McLeish is a known admirer of Keane, who has been told he can leave White Hart Lane after slipping down the pecking order.

McLeish has continually stressed the need for Birmingham to sign a quality striker.

He is aware a lack of goals has seen them become embroiled in a Barclays Premier League relegation battle this season. Midfielder Craig Gardner is their leading marksman with just five goals.

If Keane does move to St Andrew's he will join up with winger David Bentley, who has moved from Spurs on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Keane spent the second half of last season on loan at Celtic and has had only a bit part role at Spurs this season.