West Ham United boss David Moyes is a ‘big admirer’ of Michael Keane and would ‘love’ to lure the Everton star to the London Stadium, journalist Pete O’Rourke has told GiveMeSport.
Goal difference is all that is separating the Hammers from the Premier League’s relegation zone and reinforcements could be drafted in ahead of the January transfer deadline.
West Ham transfer news – Michael Keane
Respected journalist Paul Brown recently told GiveMeSport that West Ham are the favourites to swoop for Keane this month.
The Hammers have registered their interest in the central defender as Moyes looks to make his side more difficult for opponents to break down.
A temporary switch to the London Stadium is understood to be on the cards as Keane may be drafted in on loan for the remainder of the season if Craig Dawson seals his exit due to family reasons.
The 12-cap England international is likely to leave Everton during the transfer window after being pushed down the pecking order by summer arrivals Conor Coady and James Tarkowski.
Keane has been restricted to just 22 minutes of Premier League action since the current campaign got underway.
What has Pete O’Rourke said about Keane?
O’Rourke understands that Moyes is a fan of Keane and would be confident of helping the Everton outcast to rediscover his best form.
The journalist believes West Ham are keen to pounce after the 29-year-old has fallen out of favour on Merseyside.
O’Rourke told GiveMeSport: “David Moyes is a big admirer of Michael Keane, so he will be backing himself to get the best out of the England international.
“While he is not playing at Everton, I’m sure West Ham would love the opportunity to try and sign him.”
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How much would Keane cost in a permanent deal?
According to The Sun, Everton could have to settle for a fee close to the £15million mark if they decide to cash-in on Keane this month.
The report suggests West Ham are facing competition from Nottingham Forest, who are mulling over whether to offer a permanent route out of Goodison Park.
It means that the Toffees are willing to take a hit on Keane after signing him for up to £30million, which was a club record-equalling fee, from Burnley in 2017.
But Everton are in a strong negotiating position due to the Manchester United academy graduate’s contract, which is worth £80,000-per-week, having two-and-a-half years to run.
That means Everton could look to instigate a bidding war between West Ham and Nottingham Forest as they look to drive the price up.
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