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Robbie Keane's move to Birmingham 'some way off'

Robbie Keane playing for Tottenham
Keane's last Spurs goal came in the League Cup against Arsenal

Robbie Keane's proposed move from Tottenham to Birmingham is some way from being finalised, according to the Blues' first-team coach Peter Grant.

The clubs are in talks over the striker with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp confirming City have bid about £7m.

However, Grant, who coached the 30-year-old when he was on loan at Celtic last season, said: "There are a lot of bridges to be crossed."

Redknapp has insisted that any move for Keane must be permanent.

"He's not going out on loan, he either goes permanently or stays with us," stated Redknapp.

Keane has scored one goal in 12 club matches this season and has struggled to dislodge Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko from the first team.

The Republic of Ireland international, who scored 16 goals on loan at Celtic last season, has also been linked with West Ham and Wolves.

Blues boss Alex McLeish has prioritised bolstering his forward line in the January transfer window with his current set of attackers struggling to find the net.


Only Wigan have scored fewer than Birmingham's 20 Premier League goals this term.

Midfielder Craig Gardner is the club's top-scorer with five goals while strikers Nikola Zigic, Kevin Phillips and Cameron Jerome have contributed a meagre eight goals between them.

Grant added: "The manager would love a talent like Robbie Keane to come to Birmingham but there are a lot of clubs looking at him.

"Alex has inquired about him, that is open knowledge, as he has done so about a lot of players.

"[But] there is no such thing as a medical having been put in place."

Keane, who has also played for Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds and Liverpool during his wide-ranging career, is eager to secure more time on the field.

Tottenham's array of forward options also includes England's Peter Crouch and Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, who arrived from Real Madrid in September.

Redknapp conceded in December that Keane was likely to leave the north London side, but revealed that no offers had come in for him at that stage.

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see also
Pardew cools Keane loan deal talk
31 Dec 10 |  Newcastle
Woodgate and Keane set for moves
24 Dec 10 |  Tottenham
Celtic secure Spurs striker Keane
01 Feb 10 |  Celtic
Redknapp confident in Keane
24 Dec 09 |  Tottenham

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