By Harvey Byrne
Burnley defender Michael Keane is hoping that a move to Everton materialises next week, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their website that the 24-year-old centre-back is hopeful of completing a £25million move to the Toffees with an eagerness to play regularly at his next club.
The two-time England international has been heavily linked to the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United in recent months with his contract expiring next summer.
However, there is no guarantees of first team football with either of the pair and this is thought to have put Everton as the defender’s favoured destination.
Keane was the standout star in Burnley’s Premier League survival in the last campaign, featuring 35 times as the Lancashire outfit placed in 16th.
He could now be being viewed by Toffees boss Ronald Koeman as a younger alternative to experienced centre-back duo Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams.
Football Insider verdict:
Keane is a talented centre-back in the Premier League and at his age he still has time to get better. Everton have already invested in both Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen this summer and Burnley defender Keane could prove to be another good signing for the club. The centre-back area was a specific weak point for the Toffees lasts season with neither of Jagielka and Williams getting any younger and Koeman, who was famed for his defensive ability during his playing days could be about to make a very smart purchase in Keane.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are also considering a move for this three-time Premier League winning centre-back.