By Matt Bullin
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has lauded the performances of Burnley centre back Michael Keane ahead of the Toffees tie with Burnley this afternoon.
Keane, 24, has been one of the Clarets’ top players this year and his performances have even earned him a senior England debut.
It has been reported previously that the Blues boss has shown an interest in signing the centre back, but no official move has been made yet.
The former Manchester United youngster has been an ever-present figure at the heart of Sean Dyche’s side defence, making 32 Premier League appearances this term and not missing a single minute of action.
Speaking in the Liverpool Echo, Koeman said of Keane: “He is one of the defenders really involved in the season of Burnley.
“It’s not easy to score it is not easy to create against them. I think he’s one of the young centre-backs with a great future in front of him.”
Everton take on Burnley at Goodison Park this afternoon and it will give Koeman the chance to take a closer look at the player he covets.
Football Insider verdict
Keane has been one of the success stories of the season and has already been rewarded with two England caps. He has earned himself many plaudits for his robust performances in Burnley’s defence, and Everton could be the perfect move for both parties. Everton are in need of a young centre-back as their ageing pair of Phil Jagielka (34) and Ashley Williams (32) wane. For the 24-year-old, a move to a big club is exactly what his career needs – a chance to further prove himself and possibly perform on the European stage.
In other Everton transfer news, PL giants are set to go head-to-head in the race for Everton’s £60m star.