Michael Keane signs for Everton

Michael Keane signs for Everton. Photo: Getty Images
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English defender Michael Keane has joined Everton from Burnley on a five-year contract for a transfer fee that could rise to £30million.

Keane becomes Everton’s fifth major signing of the summer following the transfer of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramírez.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be at Everton, a fantastic football club with passionate fans and a great tradition and I can’t wait to come into training tomorrow to meet all the lads,” Keane said. “First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the Club. He played in my position when he was a world-class player for a great Barcelona side and a great Dutch side and the style of football he likes to play will suit me, I believe.”

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The 24-year-old joins Everton on the back of an impressive 2016-17 season with Burnley, making 35 Premier League appearances and displaying form which earned him international call-up with the England national team in March against Germany.

Manager Ronald Koeman insisted that Keane was one of his top priority signing.

“Michael was high among the players we wanted to bring to Everton this summer and I’m delighted he is here at the Club,” the Everton manager said.
“We knew there would be competition from other clubs but Michael believes in the ambition of Everton and what we want to do and this is the perfect moment for him to come.”

Keane came through the ranks of Manchester United’s youth system, also making five appearances for the first team. He then had separate loan spells at Leicester City (then in the Championship), Derby County and Blackburn Rovers respectively, before signing permanently for Burnley.

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During the 2015/16, he helped Burnley win the Championship title and his performances earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

Keane has made 161 club appearances in all competitions so far, while also scoring 13 goals.