Report: Burnley turn down Stoke City bid for star player Michael Keane

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Stoke City have been linked with Burnley’s Michael Keane.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Burnley have turned down a bid for Michael Keane.

The newspaper claims Stoke City have launched a bid worth £7 million for the club’s star centre-back but Burnley have rebuffed their approach as they seek an immediate return to the top flight.

Sean Dyche’s men started their Championship campaign in inconsistent form and in December they went six league games without a win, including a 2-0 home defeat to rivals Preston North End.

However, the Clarets have picked up of late and impressive successive away victories over MK Dons and Brentford have helped establish their place in the Championship play-off places.

An immediate return to the Premier League is very much the goal this season, and to do so Burnley will be reluctant to see any of their first-team squad leave this month not least star defender Michael Keane.

The former Manchester United youngster has been a standout player at Turf Moor this season, stepping up to the plate when former centre-back Jason Shackell left to join Derby County in the summer.

Keane, a former England under-21 international, has a big future ahead of him and his mature displays have seemingly caught the attentions of Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

The Potters are keen to bolster their ranks this month, and to add to their new influx of foreign talent the established Premier League side want to maintain a solid English spine.

Keane, 23, is arguably the best English centre-back outside the top flight and Burnley will make sure they fight tooth and nail to keep hold of him.

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