Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that Burnley centre-half Michael Keane is a Toffees transfer target and a player he would be interested in bringing to Goodison Park before the close of the January transfer window.
The Merseyside outfit have already landed Ademola Lookman and Morgan Schneiderlin over the course of this month, with scope for a potential late deal on Tuesday.
Keane has impressed for Burnley this season, showing that he has all the attributes required to excel in the Premier League – and being linked with a Turf Moor exit as a result.
Koeman confessed that the former Manchester United enforcer was a player in his gaze, but Everton may have to wait until the summer to make a deal happen.
“He’s on our list but he’s on lots of teams’ lists,” The Daily Mail quote the Dutchman as saying.
“It’s what we need for next season and the future.
“If we sign a player it’s that player who brings what we don’t have. If it’s not possible today or tomorrow we will wait until the summer when it’s easier than in January.”
Keane has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs over recent months, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City believed to be keeping tabs on his progression.
Koeman has played a three-man defence at times this season and as such centre-half remains an area that Everton are believed to be ready to strengthen.
With Phil Jagielka’s future with the Toffees coming under scrutiny, Keane could well be a player to replace the veteran in the Goodison Park first-team squad.