Birmingham widen search after ending Keane chase
Tuesday 18 January 2011
Birmingham City have ended their interest in signing the Tottenham striker Robbie Keane. Spurs had accepted Birmingham's £6m offer for the Irish striker but an official statement yesterday announced that "the signing of Keane would not be in the best financial interests of the club".
Keane has scored just one goal for Tottenham this season, and manager Harry Redknapp had confirmed that Keane was allowed to leave White Hart Lane, saying of a potential move to St Andrew's that "if it's a move he fancies, we wouldn't stand in his way".
Birmingham, however, have decided against signing the 30-year-old who has 104 caps for the Republic of Ireland, as acting chairman Peter Pannu confirmed yesterday. "I met with Alex [McLeish] and Paul [Montgomery, chief scout] today to discuss some new targets – names that we will not be mentioning at this moment in time – as we have decided that the signing of Keane would not be in the best financial interests of the club."
"Everyone knows that he is a tremendous player but having considered the overall package – one which certainly wasn't unfair on the part of his representatives to ask for given his talent and experience – Keane's age and the length of contract, we felt that financially he wasn't the best option available."
Latest in Sport
Pedro to Manchester United: Transfer news live - Angel Di Maria to PSG, John Stones to Chelsea, £100m Gareth Bale bid
Watch Petr Cech, Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy photobomb Arsenal fans
Premier League 2015/16 preview: Club-by-club guide to the new season
Manchester United and Adidas branded 'sexist' and 'discriminatory' as women's shirt features plunging neckline and different design
Can Arsenal win the Premier League? Is Raheem Sterling the answer to Man City's problems? Can anything stop Chelsea?
- 1 Porn block in India: hundreds of sexual websites banned, internet outraged
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 Sex with robots will be ‘the norm’ in 50 years
- 5 Barack Obama turns 54: US President's best put downs to celebrate his birthday
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke