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Keane move to Birmingham far from a done deal

Birmingham first team coach Peter Grant has been quick to stress that any transfer of Tottenham striker Robbie Keane to St Andrews is far from assured. Spurs have confirmed that the Blues have mad an offer of around £7m for the Republic of Ireland international.

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

Grant also admitted McLeish had to take into account Keane's personal circumstances. He added: "The manager would love a talent like Robbie Keane to come to Birmingham but there are a lot of clubs looking at him. Then the player, where does he live? I know what he was like in Glasgow when he liked to be back in London with his family. You have to manage all that and I think Alex has built here is a squad here who are very close knit."

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