According to a report from Football Insider, Everton rejected Spurs interest in defender Michael Keane before the start of the January transfer window – with scouts from the North London club reportedly keeping tabs on the 27-year-old regularly over 2019.
Keane, who has lost his place in the side recently to defensive favourite Yerry Mina, sporadically features for the Toffees at the moment due to the form of Mason Holgate and Mina combined at the back. Over his previous two seasons for Everton, however, he has been a regular player – including 33 starts last campaign under ex-boss Marco Silva. This apparently prompted Spurs to keep an eye on the former Burnley defender, at least until current stalwart Toby Alderweireld signed a new contract in December.
The Englishman, who delivered a series of ‘wretched’ performances during the first half of this season for club and country, has had a tough time of late trying to earn back his place as a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti. Former Burnley keeper and teammate of Keane’s, Paul Robinson, speaking to Sky Sports, had his say on the 27-year-old back in September – claiming that while he ‘lacks concentration’, his ability as a footballer is ‘unquestioned’. Robinson also lauded how ‘deceptively quick’ Keane is at getting back and covering space.
This, as well as making the most clearances on average (4) out of the entire Everton squad (WhoScored), could have enticed Spurs to scout the ex-Claret in a bid to potentially sure up their own backline. Regardless of Keane’s current form, while nearing his prime, the Toffees could still see the best of his ability in seasons to come.
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