Kevin Keegan, one of the few Premier League managers with significant funds at his disposal, has switched his attention to Kaiserslautern striker Miroslav Klose, after learning that his initial target, Leeds striker, Robbie Fowler, was not interested in a move to Manchester City.

Keegan has begun preliminary negotiations with Klose’s representatives in Germany. The striker who was his country’s leading scorer at the World Cup finals, is available at £5 million as his club look to ease their debts.

Attention switched to Klose after Fowler intimated he would prefer to stay at Elland Road, despite his relegation to fifth choice striker at the club.

Keegan was last night completing a loan deal for Marseille’s Djamel Belmadi. The Algerian midfielder will join until the end of the season.