According to Football Insider, West Ham United have registered their interest in Toffees defender Michael Keane.
As per the report, a source from West Ham has revealed to the publication that the club have enquired about Keane, following their pursuit of James Tarkowski looking to be unsuccessful.
It was reported by The Athletic yesterday that Tarkowski was having a medical with Everton on Merseyside on Wednesday with the view that the club could complete the signing of the recently-relegated Burnley defender.
The Toffees struggled the entire season in the top flight and found themselves battling to remain in the Premier League at the bottom of the table, something that was made difficult at both ends of the pitch and Keane was heavily involved in the plight that the side found themselves in.
Keane who was dubbed “clumsy” by Samuel Luckhurst has had an inconsistent season for Everton, despite glimpses of quality this has been overshadowed by constant mistakes that have cost his team on numerous occasions throughout.
The £30m defender scored three goals and contributed two assists, winning 62% of his ground and aerial duels combined and was successful in 88% of his dribbles over his 32 league appearances this term, but his decision making in crucial moments has been atrocious.
Keane has made two errors leading to goals and received a red card back in April against West Ham United in one of the most crucial stages of Everton’s survival. They were due to play relegation rivals Burnley in the following match and Everton lost both games, dropping six points.
With that being said, the Toffees could now be in a great position to move on from the defender by not only making some money should West Ham extend their interest but they are close to getting a free replacement in Tarkowski.
The 29-year-old defender who was hailed as “outstanding” by Sean Dyche, has been impressive this season despite his current club being relegated to the Championship with the player winning the large majority of his duels (68%), making 1.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 5.2 clearances on average per game.
Ultimately, it would be a big coup and offer improvement to Everton’s team next season if they can successfully secure the deal for Tarkowski and earn some money to add to their transfer budget during the upcoming transfer window.