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.