West Ham are looking to battle Nottingham Forest for the signing of Everton defender Michael Keane. According to 90Min, the Hammers are eyeing a move for the England defender should Craig Dawson leave the club.
The ex-Manchester United academy man has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park. Under Frank Lampard, he’s found himself on the fringes and has made just one Premier League appearance this season.
That simply won’t do for the 29-year-old. He’s at an age where he wants to be playing regular football and he will look to end his association with Everton during the transfer window.
Keane may have lost his way somewhat but he can still play. He’s made 12 appearances for England and also scored for the Three Lions during a European Championship qualifier against Montenegro back in 2019.
It’s been a somewhat sad fall from grace for a previously respected character in the England setup. Not only is he way out of the fold under Gareth Southgate but Lampard also doesn’t fancy him.
Harry Redknapp is a big fan of Keane. He previously called him ‘immense’ for a performance against Leeds towards the back end of the 2021/22 campaign when he was a regular starter.
Now, his days at Everton look to be numbered. It seems extremely likely that Keane will depart Goodison Park in the summer, with Forest and West Ham seemingly in the mix to sign him.
West Ham battle Forest for Keane
It’s probably bad news for the Reds if West Ham are starting to sniff around the defender. David Moyes will have loftier ambitions than Forest for this season and that will surely interest Keane.
Keane would be a useful signing though. He’s vastly experienced and he’s a defender that knows his way around a football pitch in the Premier League, even if he has lost his way a bit over the last year.
Forest would have to weigh up whether he’s better than what they have. Steve Cook, Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall and Willy Boly have all had a crack at playing centre-back during the 2022/23 campaign.
It has to be said that Keane would complement those four nicely. Furthermore, his experience could be vital in a dressing room that doesn’t necessarily boast loads of top-flight experience.