Harry Redknapp has revealed that he wants to take Robbie Keane to Birmingham.
Redknapp kept the club in the Championship after taking over the Blues for the last three league games last season, and wants the 37 free agent – who has been without a club since leaving LA Galaxy eight months ago – to join his project at St Andrew’s.
“Robbie Keane is a proper player; a great professional and infectious character,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“He’s a great trainer. He would be wonderful around the dressing room, showing people how you become a top-class pro for so many years.
“He knows he wouldn’t play every week but just to have him around… I’m sure he’d fight tooth and nail to get a regular place in the team. They’re all interesting but till you speak to them, you don’t know.
“They’re not over the hill. I went to Portsmouth in the same sort of situation. I went there and took Paul Merson, Steve Stone, Tim Sherwood – all fantastic professionals.
“They were proper blokes, proper men and we won the league. You want them to blend in with the younger ones.
“My ambition is for us to be in the top group this year, at least make the play-offs. Anything other than that wouldn’t be a success for me. But to do that you need good players.”
Redknapp was at the helm for both of Keane’s successful spells at Spurs, and the Republic of Ireland record goalscorer arguably played his best football under the English manager.
The former West Ham boss has also been linked with moves for experienced former England internationals Ashley Cole and Stewart Downing, who are both currently free agents.