Everton centre-back Michael Keane is admired by West Ham United but isn’t regarded as a ‘tier-one target’.
The Daily Star’s Harry Pratt reported last month that West Ham want to sign another centre-back ahead of next season, and Keane features their shortlist.
Current West Ham manager and former Everton boss David Moyes is said to rate Keane highly after their brief time together at Manchester United.
Everton are currently in the bottom three, two points behind Leeds and Burnley with a game in hand. A ‘major exodus‘ is anticipated if they fall into the second tier.
Jones tells GMS that West Ham are ‘definitely’ fans of Keane but expects them to assess other options on the continent and potential free transfers before turning to the Everton man.
“I think they’ll look on the continent first and also the free agent market is opening up quite nicely,” he said.
“It’s a tricky one because they definitely like him, but he’s not a tier one target, I wouldn’t say.”
If West Ham do make a move for Keane, then Everton may already have a potential replacement in mind.
Grillitsch is listed as a defensive midfielder but he’s played the majority of his football this season as a centre-back.
Three years Keane’s junior, he’s combative, strong in possession and reads the game well (going by his WhoScored profile). It could be a smart, frugal move from the Blues to offload Keane for a decent fee then replace him with a Bosman deal.
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