​Everton are leading the race to sign Burnley defender Michael Keane, according to ​the Daily Mail.


The Toffees believe they are in pole position to secure the transfer of Keane, who recently made his first two England appearances under Gareth Southgate. Burnley know the 24-year-old is likely to leave Turf Moor in the summer, having rebuffed offers last season from Leicester.


Keane did not look to engineer a move away then, under the condition that a transfer would be permitted should his first full campaign in the Premier League prove successful. It has, and a the report claims a fee of around £20m has been discussed by the two clubs as they look to reach an agreement regarding the deal.

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Manchester United are also believed to be interested in signing the former Red Devils centre-back, but Everton manager Ronald Koeman has spoken openly about Keane and is hopeful regarding a transfer.


However, Koeman did not answer questions regarding the deal in his press conference, instead hailing his first season at Goodison Park, describing it as "incredible".


"It's OK if people talk about Arsenal and Man United – the name is a bigger one, but not how they play," Koeman said.


"We are showing that you can give good competition to the strong teams, the big teams, when they are not having a fantastic season.

"At Southampton last year we finished with 63 points. That's incredible. It's incredible that we have the same points now as Manchester United and Arsenal but that's football.


"It's not about money. It's about players, the team, organisation, about spirit, about belief and the best team who showed all that last season was Leicester City.


"It is possible and that gives confidence to all the rest of the teams that you can give competition."