Report: Stoke and Everton consider summer move for Burnley's Michael Keane

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

According to the Mirror, Stoke City and Everton are keeping tabs on Burnley defender Michael Keane ahead of a potential summer bid for the recent Championship winner.

The report claims that Stoke boss Mark Hughes and his team of scouts have been alerted by the defender’s superb performances this season, while Everton see him as a potential John Stones replacement.

Keane started his career at Manchester United and soon had spells on loan at Derby County, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers before opting to join Burnley in a permanent deal.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche has proved over the past three years how he has an eye for special talent, and Keane is arguably among his best additions while in charge of the Turf Moor club.

The 23-year-old has really stepped up this season following Jason Shackell’s switch to promotion rivals Derby, and many supporters of the Lancashire club rate him even higher than their former skipper.

Keane has made 44 Championship appearances this season, and he celebrated promotion in style by helping Burnley to a 3-0 victory at Charlton Athletic, winning the title in the process.

Both Stoke and Everton are in need of an addition or two at the back this summer, with the latter in particular extremely vulnerable with Toffees ace Phil Jagielka gradually losing his edge.

The Potters have conceded 17 league goals in their last six matches, picking up just two points and prompting Hughes to consider his defensive options ahead of the summer transfer window.

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