Blues agree £6m Keane deal

City have reached agreement with Spurs to pay an initial £4
million for the Republic of Ireland international. But this could
rise by additional £2million via various add-ons and clauses
in the deal. Sources close to Blues 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 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. McLeish is still also hopeful of bringing in Rangers
striker Kenny Miller in a deal which could rise from an initial
£600,000 to £1.1million. Miller has also been the subject
of an offer from Fiorentina but Birmingham sources indicate the
player is edging nearer to being reunited with his former Scotland
manager McLeish.