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Man United look to have been beaten to £25m signing of Burnley star Michael Keane

Keane turned down the opportunity to return to Old Trafford this summer following the arrival of Victor Lindelof at United

EVERTON are close to signing Burnley defender Michael Keane, and could complete the deal “in the next few days” SunSport understands.

The Merseysiders are prepared to match the Clarets’ £25million price tag for the England international who has made it clear he wants to leave Turf Moor this summer.

Michael Keane is closing in on a move to Everton

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Michael Keane is closing in on a move to Everton

The Burnley hierarchy were prepared to keep the 24-year-old and run the risk of losing him for nothing next summer, but now talks are at an advanced stage and a deal could be concluded within days.

An insider told SunSport: “We are expecting the deal to be done with Everton in the next couple of days.

“There are few things left to sort out but the deal is very close to being finalised.”

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has already begun his summer spending spree by landing goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for £30million from Sunderland and Ajax star Davy Klaassen for £23.6million.

Everton still remain confident of bagging Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez.

Keane decided against return to Old Trafford following signing of Victor Lindelof

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Keane decided against return to Old Trafford following signing of Victor Lindelof

Ronald Koeman has landed his first choice defender in Michael Keane

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Ronald Koeman has landed his first choice defender in Michael Keane

Move to Goodison Park is about playing games to go to Russia World Cup next summer

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Move to Goodison Park is about playing games to go to Russia World Cup next summer

Keane had been linked with a return to Manchester United, but turned down the chance to go back to Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho spent £31million on Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool were also in the hunt for the former United man who has plumped for Goodison Park as he feels he will play regular football with the World Cup in Russia a year away.