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Report: Irons eyeing Everton ace

West Ham are eyeing a potential move to sign Everton defender Michael Keane if they drop into the Championship, according to a new report.

The Daily Star claims that the Hammers are keeping a close eye on the centre-back as Frank Lampard’s side continue to battle the drop.

Everton play Liverpool on Sunday and could be in the bottom three by kick-off, as Burnley are facing Wolves at Turf Moor at 2pm.

Hammers boss David Moyes is said to be a big admirer of Keane, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, and has gone on to be a key man for the Toffees.

He joined the club for £25m in 2017 from Burnley and has gone on to make 181 appearances for the Goodison Park side.

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Keane has also been capped 12 times by England and is seen as a potentially ideal man to provide cover in central defence next season.

The 29-year-old has a contract until 2025 but would cost around £20m if Everton are relegated.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.