Birmingham City have confirmed they are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur, with a view to signing Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane.

1461 - Birmingham confirm interest in Robbie Keane

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has made it clear Keane can leave White Hart Lane in the January transfer window if the right deal emerges.

Relegation-threatened West Ham and Aston Villa have both been linked with a move for the 30-year-old but Blues appear to be in pole-position with a reported 8 million at manager Alex McLeish's disposal.

Nikola Zigic, signed from Valencia for 6 million in the summer, has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and Birmingham are short on goals this season.

Midfielder Craig Gardner is the top scorer with just five goals and McLeish has become frustrated at his side's inability to convert their chances.

Cameron Jerome has failed to reproduce the form which brought him 11 Premier League goals last season while Kevin Phillips is now at the veteran age of 37.

Keane, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Celtic, has slipped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and is desperate to play regular first team football.