£30m ace headed to Everton set to join Liverpool after Klopp forces U-turn - report
By Harry Sykes
Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Michael Keane in a sensational £30million deal, according to a report.
The Sun claim manager Jurgen Klopp has joined the race to land the Burnley centre-back “in the last few days” and this has prompted a U-turn from the player.
It is said that the in-demand Keane was set to join Everton as the elite Premier League clubs circle around the recently-capped England international.
But the Sun report that Liverpool are now at the front of the queue and Klopp is expected to see off competition from Everton to land the signature of Keane.
Manchester United have also been keeping close tabs on their academy product, who quit Old Trafford for Burnley in January 2015 after a successful loan spell.
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The Telegraph reported last week that the defender “would favour a move to Tottenham” over any of his other suitors if he does decide to leave Turf Moor.
The 24-year-old has had an outstanding campaign as a mainstay of a Burnley side that are well placed to avoid relegation despite their 2-0 Premier League defeat to United on Sunday.
Liverpool’s title bid has failed predominantly due to the lack of reliability of their back line, which has been particularly exposed from set pieces.
The centre-back combination of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren has been hit and miss even though the former Schalke player has settled in well since his arrival last summer.
A series of niggling injuries to the pair has also highlighted the lack of quality cover in the shape of back-up pair Ragna Klavan and Lucas Leiva.
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