By Abigail Withey
Everton are in the advanced talks with Burnley enforcer Michael Keane, according to a report.
Sky Sports took to their official Twitter account to reveal the news that Ronald Koeman’s side were close to securing a deal with the 24-year-old.
The news outlet also revealed on their official website that both Keane and the Toffees are hopeful for the deal to be completed and that the discussion is going well.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 29, 2017
Keane moved to Burnley from Manchester United in early 2015 for a fee of just over £2million.
The defending ace now looks to be valued at around £25million after displaying incredible talent at the Lancashire club throughout the years.
The centre-back, who can also play at right-back, made a key contribution to keeping Burnley in the Premier League last season and he also made a total of 39 appearances throughout the entire 2016/17 campaign.
The 24-year-old’s impressive performance led to him being called up to international duty and he made his first team debut appearance for England under Gareth Southgate.
Football Insider verdict:
Keane would be a strong edition to Koeman’s squad next season as the club prepare to return to the European football. If the Toffees boss wants to be a contender for even the spot four positions in the Premier League, he will need to bolster his squad and particularly his defensive options over the summer. Currently, the Merseyside boss has the likes of Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Mason Holgate, Matthew Pennington, and currently injured Ramiro Funes Mori, as his centre-back options. It would prove crucial to the club’s 2017/18 campaign to sign a young player like Keane as he’s already proven himself strong enough to compete in the top flight.
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