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Everton Aiming To Push Through £25m Move For Burnley Defender

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Michael Keane of Burnley arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Burnley at Riverside Stadium on April 8, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Already one of the busiest clubs of this transfer window, Everton are showing no sign of slowing down.

The Toffees have already broken their transfer record to sign £30m goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, while Dutch international Davy Klaassen has arrived in a £24m deal from Ajax. Right-back Cuco Martina, meanwhile, is also expected to join on a free transfer next month.

Manager Ronald Koeman has begun to focus his attention on defence, and the Times are reporting on Wednesday that Everton are keen to push through a £25m deal for Burnley defender Michael Keane before the squad returns for pre-season training next week.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26:  Michael Keane of England gestures to his team mates during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Keane was the subject of interest from his old side Manchester United earlier in the window, but their interest cooled when they decided to sign Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof instead. Keane has recently broken into the England setup and his desire to leave Turf Moor became something of an open secret earlier this summer.

With Everton in Europe this season and clearly determined to strengthen their squad, the 24-year-old would undoubtedly see a move to Merseyside as a way to boost his chances of nailing down an England place and competing in Europe regularly.

Keane is just one of a number of deals that Everton are looking to push through in the coming days and weeks. Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez should arrive at Goodison Park for £5.2m once his involvement with Spain at the U-21 European Championships has concluded this weekend, and Belgian forward Henry Onyekuru is also due to sign for £7m.

Sandro Ramirez of Spain during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2017  Group B match between Portugal and Spain at Gdynia Stadium in Gdynia, Poland on June 20, 2017 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Should moves for these players all come off, it would take Everton’s summer spending past the £90m mark, perhaps more if a deal can be resurrected for Milan forward Mbaye Niang. The Blues have also been linked with a move for Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea (as have Leicester), but the Swans’ £40m price tag is proving to be offputting.

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