Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Cash stumbling block ends Birmingham Keane deal

Birmingham City have confirmed they are no longer interested in signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, stating that it “would not be in the best financial interests of the club” to pursue the deal.

Blues agreed a fee with Spurs for the Republic of Ireland international, but the move has apparently stalled over the player's wage demands.

Birmingham's acting chairman Peter Pannu said: “I met with (manager) Alex McLeish and (chief scout) Paul(Montgomery to discuss some new targets — names that we will not be mentioning at the moment — as we have decided that the signing of Keane would not be in the best financial interests of the club.

“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.”