Report: Burnley turn down Leicester bid for Michael Keane

Burnley's Michael Keane in action with Tottenham's Paulinho (L)

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

Michael Keane of Burnley applauds fans at the end of the game

According to Sky Sports, Burnley have rejected a bid from Leicester City for defender Michael Keane.

The Clarets defender has become the subject of strong Premier League interest following his progression at Turf Moor, only 18 months after Sean Dyche’s men signed him from Manchester United.

Accoridng to a report last month in The Mirror, Stoke City and Everton have been accredited with an interest in his services while ESPN claimed yesterday the Foxes had launched an £11 million bid for him.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri acknowledges fans after the game

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has made a younger centre-back a top priority this summer as the Italian looks for a long-term replacement for experienced duo Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.

Morgan and Huth are the club’s first-choice centre-backs, yet both players are in their thirties and this coming season Leicester will need to juggle their squad around to cope with both domestic and European football.

Keane is an outstanding propspect and at 23, he already boasts plenty of experience having played a key role in Burnley’s immediate return to the top-flight via winning the Championship.

Burnley's Michael Keane in action with Tottenham's Paulinho (L)

The former United man started 44 of Burnley’s league games last term, averaging 4.7 clearances per match.

Sean Dyche’s men are intent on keeping hold of Keane this summer as they prepare for what is expected to be a fight against relegation, though a much improved bid could test their resolve.

General view inside the King Power Stadium before the match

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