Everton have emerged as one of the favourites to sign Burnley defender Michael Keane this summer, according to The Mirror.
Manager Ronald Koeman had hoped to land Southamptonís Virgil van Dijk but has accepted that this is unlikely due to interest from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
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Whilst Keane may be marginally less expensive that the Dutchman, Clarets boss Sean Dyche is still expected to demand in excess of £20 million for his services.
After a mixed start to the campaign, Everton have hit their stride in the last couple of months and are unbeaten in the Premier League since a 1-0 loss at rivals Liverpool on December 19.
However, Koeman still wants to strengthen his back line, particularly with club captain Phil Jagielka now 34 and struggling to make the starting XI on a regular basis.
Keane is having an exceptional season with Burnley, who have defied expectations to sit 11th in the table after 26 matches.
On home form the Lancashire club would be fourth behind only Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal after winning nine of their 14 matches at Turf Moor.
Whether Keane feels he can achieve his long-term aspirations with his current side is unknown and the former Manchester United man may see a move to a more established top-flight team as a natural career progression.