Aston Villa and Birmingham City have joined in the seemingly endless race to secure Robbie Keane’s signature from Tottenham. With both sides desperately short in attacking options Keane would represent some what of a coup for both.
Keane, 30, has been told he can leave the Lane in January and this has sparked a nationwide scramble for the former Inter Milan frontman’s signature. Villa and Birmingham will face opposition from Everton, Newcastle, Stoke and West Ham for the much traveled forward.
Gérard Houllier is in the process of ‘trying’ to win over a Villa following that are already baying for blood after poor league form, a loss to Birmingham in the Carling Cup and worst of all his apparent love of Liverpool during Villa’s thumping their last month.
Alex McLeish on the other hand is, sooner or later going to have to admit the £6 million spent on Nikola Zigic this summer would have been better spent on the Irish economy or finding a cure for hiccups.
It is believed a fee of around £6 million is wanted by Harry Redknapp for Keanes services, although he has gone on record recently in saying that the highest bidder will be accepted.
Maybe all the chasing clubs will put their heads together and decide to all bid £1 million and see who he chooses.
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