20 June 2017

Burnley and Everton in talks over swap deal that could see James McCarthy and Michael Keane switch

BURNLEY are interested in Everton midfielder James McCarthy and could see him trade places with defender Michael Keane, according to reports.

The Toffees have a long-standing interest in the English defender and the two clubs are deciding whether a swap deal or separate moves will work.

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Burnely are interested in Everton midfielder James McCarthy[/caption]

Republic of Ireland international McCarthy, 26, has also been linked with Newcastle United and Everton this summer.

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According to the Daily Mail, Everton are looking for more than £20million for the midfielder.

They report that McCarthy may not be so keen on a move to Turf Moor.

The Toffees remain favourites to sign Michael Keane, according to bookies, despite continued interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

As SunSport revealed last week, Keane had been linked with a return to Manchester United, but turned down the chance to go back to Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho spent £31million on Victor Lindelof.

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Everton want Burnley star Michael Keane – and the two clubs are deciding whether to make it a swap deal[/caption]

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Irish international McCarthy wants to leave Everton[/caption]

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The 24-year-old centre-back, who has two England caps, wants to be playing regular football ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

The defender could cost £25m after an impressive season at the heart of Burnley’s defence.

Sean Dyche will play hardball over Keane’s fee – even if that means losing him for nothing next summer.

Michael Keane is looking like he will return to Manchester United in a £25million deal
Keane turned down the chance to return to Manchester United as he wants first-team football ahead of the World Cup
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Burnley boss Sean Dyche will play hardball over the fee for Keane[/caption]

The Clarets boss said last month: “The only thing we know is that we’re in a strong position.

“He’s got a year to run on his contract.

“If nothing happens that’s suitable for us, the situation will go on and he will carry on playing. We will wait and see what the summer brings.

“The fact is all parties are in the loop – I am, his agent is, he is, his family, our club.”

England new cap Michael Keane receives his first Three Lions shirt from Glenn Hoddle

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