Toffees manager Ronald Koeman has made no secret of his admiration for the 24-year-old Clarets defender.

And the Merseyside club are understood to have put themselves in pole position ahead of local rivals Liverpool and both Manchester clubs.

Koeman shut down talk about Keane’s situation yesterday insisting he did not “talk about interest in players”.

However he was more forthcoming about Everton’s rivalry with the two clubs, Arsenal and Manchester…

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