Birmingham City have been on the receiving end of some verbal bitch-slapping from Tottenham striker Robbie Keane as a supposed transfer failed to materialise.
The Republic of Ireland international has spoken out against the Blues after the club released a statement detailing why they were no longer pursuing their interest in him.
Keane said the interest had been purely a publicity stunt.
He said: “There are still a couple of weeks left. Nothing has been sorted on my future. But that Birmingham thing was never on in the first place. And that statement from them I find bizarre, to be honest with you.
“Apart from the fact that a deal was never really on the table, I think they were just looking for some publicity.”
Take that back, Robbie. Who do you think they are? Blackburn?
The statement that had got the Spurs man so hot under the collar had come from Birmingham’s acting chairman Peter Pannu.
He said: “I met with Alex [McLeish] and Paul [Montgomery, chief scout,] today to discuss some new targets – names that we will not be mentioning at this moment in time – as we have decided that the signing of Keane would not be in the best financial interests of the club.
“Everyone knows he is a tremendous player but having considered the overall package (one which certainly wasn’t unfair on the part of his representatives to ask for given his talent and experience), Keane’s age and the length of contract we felt that financially he wasn’t the best option available.”
We can’t tell who to feel sorry for in this situation. Should it be Birmingham, who have basically felt the need to go public and say in a roundabout way that they can’t match his current wages? Or should it be Keane, whose ego would seemingly have him believe that clubs would feign interest in him just for the honour of being linked with him in the gossip columns?