Ronald Koeman responds when asked if Everton want to sign Burnley's Michael Keane

Everton manager Ronald Koeman

Everton are believed to be interested in signing Michael Keane from Burnley this summer.

Burnley's Michael Keane

Ronald Koeman has refused to comment on whether Everton are interested in Burnley defender Michael Keane during his latest press conference, which was broadcast on the Toffees’ official Periscope channel.

Keane is reportedly one of Everton’s top targets, ahead of the summer transfer window.

But Koeman would not confirm whether his side had an interest in the 24-year-old, when pressed on the matter.

“I don’t speak about interest in players,” he said.

When the question moved on to Everton’s general summer plans, Koeman was more willing to expand, though.

Burnley's Michael Keane and Real Sociedad's Jon Bautista in action

The Dutch boss claimed that Everton are likely to be competing with some of Europe’s leading clubs, as they look to bring in some ambitious targets.

“I think it’s really interesting process for players. But, of course, we know we will have competitions to bigger clubs and it’s always difficult,” the Dutch boss said.

“The way how Everton is running, the direction, and what we did this season and what we like to do for the next is really an interesting project.”

Everton are expected to spend heavily to increase the quality available to Koeman next season.

The Merseyside club should also be able to offer any new recruits European football, as their place inside the top seven looks secure.

Everton are next in action at the weekend, when they take on West Ham United at the London Stadium.

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