ROBBIE KEANE has moved closer to the Tottenham Hotspur exit door after Birmingham entered advanced negotiations with the Londoners, with a view to agreeing a fee to sign the Ireland striker.
However, reports in the UK last night suggested that the Midlanders were reluctant to meet Spurs' £6m valuation and Keane's request for a four-year contract.
The developments have alerted the Irish skipper's other suitors, with Newcastle and Aston Villa monitoring the situation, and Fulham and West Ham also in pursuit.
Spurs manager Harry Rednapp wants to sell the Tallaght man this January instead of sending him out on loan again.
The 30-year-old came off the bench in the 79th minute in last night's Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park.