West Ham now ‘favourites’ to sign ‘immense’ 350-game star at London Stadium

West Ham United are now the ‘favourites’ to sign Everton defender Michael Keane, according to journalist Paul Brown.

David Moyes managed Keane very briefly during his stint with Manchester United, and he now appears to be looking to bring him to the London Stadium in the January window.

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The centre-back has fallen way down the pecking order at Goodison Park, making just one Premier League appearance all season, after registering 32 last term, as per Transfermarkt, so he could now seek out a move in the upcoming market.

According to the Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas, the Englishman could be considered as an emergency option if Craig Dawson ends up leaving the club due to family reasons, with the Hammers keen on a loan deal.

90min reported that West Ham were a potential option in the summer, as a result of James Tarkowski’s arrival at the club, and now the 29-year-old is said to be ‘heading towards the exit door’ in 2023, according to journalist Dean Jones.

What has Paul Brown said about Michael Keane?

In an interview with GIVEMESPORT, Brown claimed that Keane will try for a move away from the Toffees in order to get more minutes, and he believes that West Ham are currently leading the race: “I just think everyone knows that because he’s not getting a game really for Everton, that he could be on the market.

“I think Michael Keane’s decided that he’s going to have to move to get more football, so I think he’s going to go somewhere and West Ham, I would say, are favourites at the moment.”

Would Michael Keane be a good signing for West Ham?

While he has found it difficult to break into the Everton defence so far this season, the 6 foot 3 colossus possesses undeniable quality, which he has displayed intermittently during his time on Merseyside.

Hailed as ‘immense‘ by journalist David Prentice just a little over a year ago, the defender has racked up 350 professional games in an impressive career at club level, as per Transfermarkt, while he has also been capped 12 times for his country, which doesn’t happen to players lacking in ability.

Over the past year, Keane has won an average of 3.01 aerials per 90 minutes, displaying his dominant ability in the air by ranking in the 91st percentile compared to his peers, while Dawson has recorded a figure of just 2.13, as per FBref.

The former Manchester United man needs a move away from Goodison to kickstart his career, and he would be a great asset for Moyes to have at his disposal in the second half of the season.

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