Birmingham City have ended their interest in Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane.
Acting club chairman Peter Pannu, manager Alex McLeish and chief scout Paul Montgomery met today, and made the joint decision to end their interest in the Republic of Ireland international.
“I met with Alex and Paul 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” revealed Pannu to Birmingham’s official website.
“Everyone knows 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.
“This is unfortunate because Keane is a class act but supporters can rest assured we are considering other options and will pursue them where financially viable.”
It’s believed that Keane, 30, was asking for a pay rise from his current weekly wage – believed to be at least £60k – at White Hart Lane, and also a four-year contract in order to make the move to St Andrews.
As the deal has fallen through, the Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer remains fifth choice at Spurs – behind Peter Crouch, Rafael van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko in the pecking order.