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Birmingham’s bid for Tottenham’s Robbie Keane in the balance

| 17.01.2011

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane’s move to Birmingham could collapse because of the player’s wage demands.

Spurs didn’t even name the Ireland striker on the bench during their goalless draw with Manchester United yesterday, a result that has seen them move out to 33/1 in the Premier League title betting.

According to the Daily Mirror, Birmingham agreed a £6 million deal with Spurs on Friday but hadn’t been expecting the striker’s wages to be as high as they were.

The 30-year-old is rumoured to be on £65,000-a-week at Spurs, but is thought to have asked for an increase on those wages to move to St Andrew’s.

Blues boss Alex McLeish, “Robbie Keane is at early stages. We’ll see what happens.”

Brum are also chasing Rangers striker Kenny Miller, although that deal is also thought to have hit a snag over his wage demands.

The player is a free agent in the summer and is allegedly arguing he could earn closer to £50,000-a-week if he leaves on a free transfer then, compared to the £30,000-a-week Birmingham are offering now.

McLeish added: “Regarding Kenny Miller we are now kind of waiting on an answer.”

Turkish champions Bursaspor have also entered the race to sign Miller, who wasn’t on the score sheet during Rangers’ 4-0 demolition of Hamilton at the weekend. The Gers are now 8/11 favourites in the betting to retain their SPL title, although those odds are certain to lengthen if they lose their top goalscorer.

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Richard Anderson