Tottenham star’s demands jeopardises move

Robbie Keane’s proposed move to Birmingham City has hit a snag after the Irish striker reportedly demanded a wage increase.

Spurs accepted a £6 million approach for the striker from Birmingham City on Friday and the deal seemed set to go through in the days following. However, Keane’s desire to increase his current £65,000 a-week salary means that the move could now be at risk of collapsing.

The snag is likely to be frustrating to both teams involved in the deal. Tottenham are desperate to bring in a new striker in January and getting Keane off of the wage bill, plus any money earned from the sale, would help in funding a move for potential targets Andy Carroll or Luis Suarez. Birmingham too are keen to add striking talents to their ranks and with a move for Rangers forward Kenny Miller falling through, the expected arrival of Keane would have been a big boost for the club.

Keane’s only goal this season came in a League Cup encounter with Arsenal and he has found his first team action severely limited since the start of the season. Keane is behind Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko in the pecking order at Spurs and, despite his reported wage demands, is likely to be moving to be moving on before the window shuts.

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