Birmingham City Manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that Robbie Keane will not be joining the club as he sets his sights on other targets.
The Premiership side had agreed a £6million fee with Tottenham for the 30 year old striker. Keane is desperate to resurrect a career that has all but died in the past year at White Hart Lane, but couldn't finalize the deal.
It is likely that Keane was looking for too much money as Birmingham claimed that the deal "was not in the best interests of the club financially."
Birmingham's acting chairman Peter Pannu confirmed that the club could not match Keane's demands because his "age and length of contract...wasn't the best option available." Pannu continued and expressed his regret that the deal could not be done, "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."
Keane must leave White Hart Lane before the end of the transfer window not only for the sake of his club career but also his international future. At 30 years of age the Ireland captain cannot sit on the bench for another 6 months. West Ham will be the bookies favorites to land Keane now after Avram Grant expressed his desire to bring him to Upton Park over the weekend.