Tottenham Hotspur made a move for Everton defender Michael Keane recently but it was knocked back by the Toffees, according to Football Insider.
The 27-year-old has been with the Merseyside club since joining them from Burnley for a fee of £30m in July 2017 (BBC Sport).
According to the report, Spurs have been tracking Keane for a while and even sent scouts to watch him on a regular basis last year. It seems that they have since made an approach for the 10-time England international, who is a graduate of the Manchester United academy but only ever played five times for the Red Devils (Transfermarkt).
The approach was swiftly rejected by Everton, however, with the Toffees not wanting to lose the centre-back at that moment in time.
Defence is an area that Tottenham need to look at improving. They have conceded 36 goals in 27 Premier League matches (BBC Sport), which simply isn’t good enough for a club of their stature.
However, Keane has lost his place in the Everton team recently and has started just three of their 11 games in all competitions since Carlo Ancelotti took over (Transfermarkt). If he isn’t deemed good enough for them, is he really good enough for Spurs?
Added to that, the report suggests that they made their approach before Toby Alderweireld signed a new contract in December. They now have the Belgian and Davinson Sanchez, who are right-footed centre-backs tied down long-term, which may mean that they no longer need Keane.
With Jan Vertonghen’s contract set to expire in the summer (Transfermarkt), their focus should now be on finding a left-footed central defender instead.
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