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In brief: Keane hits out at Birmingham

ROBBIE Keane has accused Birmingham City of looking for publicity after his proposed move to St Andrews fell through, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The Ireland captain has claimed the transfer was never on the cards, despite the Midlands club having a £7m bid accepted by Tottenham Hotspur, before cancelling the deal on Monday -- apparently due to the expense of the move.

Blues chairman Pete Pannu had issued a statement which declared: "we have decided the signing of Keane would not be in the financial interests of the club."

However, Keane hit back yesterday, saying: "The Birmingham stuff was bizarre, the statement from them I found strange. A deal was never really on the table. Maybe Birmingham were looking for a bit of publicity."

Keane suggested he was still open to a January move, but that there were no other deals on the table at the moment. "There is nothing yet," he said. "We will see what happens. There is a couple of weeks yet.

Drogs in dire straits

THE fans working to save Drogheda United have warned that the club may go out of business by the end of January if they fail to raise €200,000.

The supporters' group were disappointed by the turnout at a fans' meeting on Monday, where they made an appeal for funds and explained the grave situation.

The club have a projected shortfall of €150,000, due to a drop off in sponsorship after they were relegated last season, and debts of €55,000.

The group are appealing for fans to buy shares that would give them a say in running the club, but are concerned that supporters are expecting a 'white knight' to rescue them.

Sammon stays put

CONOR Sammon has rejected a move to Scunthorpe, opting to remain at Kilmarnock. The relegation-threatened Championship club had agreed a £550,000 fee with the Scottish side, but the 24-year-old Dubliner turned down the move yesterday. The former Derry City striker has also attracted interest from Barnsley and Sheffield United, who are believed to want to wait until the summer to sign him.

One Dubliner who will be playing in the Championship is ex-Bohemians captain Paul Keegan, who has signed for Doncaster until the end of the season, having spent time on trial with Sean O'Driscoll's side in December.

Miller's Turkish delight

Rangers striker Kenny Miller looks set for a move to Turkish champions Bursaspor after Birmingham confirmed he had rejected a switch to St Andrew's.

The Scottish champions accepted an offer in the region of £600,000 from the Premier League club, after the 31-year-old failed to agree a new deal to remain at Ibrox, but Miller seems Turkey-bound instead after apparently accepting an "irresistible" offer from Bursaspor.

Irish Independent