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Birmingham City are interested in Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane after their move for Palermo star Fabrizio Miccoli fell through.

Miccoli was close to coming to Birmingham, with the Premier League club agreeing to a £5 million fee for the diminutive striker, looking to give the Italian a four-year contract.

However, the Palermo captain has opted to stay with the club, and Birmingham will now have to look elsewhere for a striker to pair with new signing Nikola Zigic.

Keane, who spent time on loan at Celtic after struggling to find first-team football at Spurs, has now moved to the top of Birmingham’s transfer wish-list, according to The Mirror.

Aston Villa is also interested in the Republic of Ireland international, who Spurs boss Harry Redknapp would like to sell in order to build funds to help bolster Tottenham’s squad for their Champions League appearance next season.

Keane moved to Spurs from Liverpool for £12 million last year and Birmingham would have to splash some cash to bring the striker to St. Andrews.

Birmingham owner Carson Yeung has been ambitious this summer, buying Zigic from Valencia and Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster for £6 million each and could spend more to add Keane to the squad as well.

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