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Birmingham play down Keane deal

January 6, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Birmingham City assistant manager Peter Grant admits that the club are "a million miles" from signing Robbie Keane.

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• Birmingham close in on Keane

Reports on Wednesday evening suggested that Keane was set to undergo a medical with Birmingham after the club agreed a fee, rumoured to be £7 million, with Tottenham.

But Grant has shot down these suggestions by insisting that the deal remains a long way from completion, having not progressed past the enquiry stage.

"It is a million miles short of what was supposedly breaking last night," Grant said. "There is no such thing as a medical having been put in place.

"Alex has inquired about Robbie many times, even when I came here in the summer. When you see top quality players not in the side and you want to add quality to your own squad, Robbie definitely comes into that category.

"Alex has inquired about him, that is open knowledge, as he has done so about a lot of players. The quality of the player does not come into question but I think there are a lot of bridges to be crossed yet."

Birmingham are not the only team in the hunt for Keane, with Newcastle and West Ham having previously expressed an interest in the player. The 30-year-old has struggled to break into the Spurs first team this season, starting just two games in the Premier League.