It is understood that West Ham United boss David Moyes is keen to sign Michael Keane from his former club if they are relegated from the Premier League, with the Scottish boss keen on reinforcing his defensive options.
Since signing for Everton for £25 million from fellow relegation candidates Burnley in 2017, Keane has established himself as a key part of the Toffees’ rearguard which has come unstuck on numerous occasions this season.
Despite this though, the 29-year-old has been one of the club’s most consistent performers over the last few seasons and it is easy to why Moyes would be interested.
An ideal fit for West Ham
Under Moyes, the Hammers have had a stellar campaign and can still make the top four, however, this is a slim possibility, however, they should secure European football for next season.
In addition, they have sensationally reached the Europa League semi-final where they will play German side Eintracht Frankfurt after some fantastic performances to knock out first Sevilla and then Lyon in the round of 16 and quarter-final stages, respectively.
Their season has been built on a foundation of a dogged defence and a midfield that combines steel and creativity. Currently, the Hammers have Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and veteran Craig Dawson to choose from, with question marks surrounding the latter’s future, despite some solid performances this campaign from the veteran.
If Everton are relegated though, a reasonable fee may be negotiated that is likely to be between £15-20 million, which could suit both parties though Everton will be keen to keep hold of him given the player’s experience that would come in handy in England’s second tier.
Boasting 12 England caps, he would provide key cover and the right amount of experience for the Hammers who are sure to want more options to choose from, given the fact that they are likely to qualify for Europe again this season.