EVERTON WHEEL AND DEAL

Premier League side Everton have concluded the deal of Michael Keane from Burnley, according to reports in England. The deal could rise up to £30 million as Coach Ronald Koeman continues with his restructuring and reinforcements at Goodison Park.

The England centre back reportedly received a five year package from the Toffees, which makes the 24 year old one of the best paid at the club - the 24-year old is more than pleased with the deal, adding that he is focused on development.

“I have been fortunate enough that in the clubs I have played in the past, the manager has played in my position as well and I feel like he was a very classy centre half so he can still teach me things. I want to develop, I am only 24 years old, which is young for a centre half but I feel how much they wanted me was a big factor as well,” the player told Sky Sports.

His revelations hinted at the good work done by Director of Development Steve Walsh, who convinced him to head to Goodison – who did an equally brilliant job for the Foxes before he moved to Everton.

Keane had the option of moving to Old Trafford as an academy grad but he preferred a move to Goodison Park so he could develop. The player had joined The Clarets from the Red Devils in the winter window of 2015 for just £2 million and he has now proved a bargain. As soon as he joined Everton, their odds of winning a trophy this season shortened on https://sport.netbet.co.uk, with many pudits making them amongst the favourites for the FA Cup.

His gradually growing profile and impressive showing earned him a call up to the England squad as a replacement for injured Glen Johnson last year. Keane’s international debut was against Germany earlier this year. He is the primary defensive target for the club this summer.

Everton have been very busy in the transfer market this summer, with three to four players already confirmed ahead of the forthcoming season, and the club remains linked with many others. Keane joins the growing list which includes Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru, Ajax former star Davy Klaassen, Sunderland former shot stopper Jordan Pickford and Spain youngster Sandro Ramirez.

There are also reports that the club is considering a swoop of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, who might exit on the back of the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. Giroud would cost £20 million to move to Everton where he could offer significant service to the team.

The biggest deal is on the cusp of being finished, with Wayne Rooney heading back to Everton, and Romelu Lukaku heading in the other direction to Manchester United.

Rooney is hotly tipped to leave Man United where he is not assured of starting, and a move to his boyhood club Everton, who will be featuring in Europe, is the best option - he'll get regular action with the hope of making the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Toffees main challenge would be maintain the huge wage demands of the Three Lions skipper.

Everton are likely to lose Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for a record £75m fee, which Everton are doing well to re-invest.

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