Sunday 30 April 2017

Pochettino eyes Keane as United target £40m Dier

Michael Keane is poised to leave Burnley, and title chasers Tottenham are preparing to fight Everton and Liverpool for his signature. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Keane is poised to leave Burnley, and title chasers Tottenham are preparing to fight Everton and Liverpool for his signature. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Matt Law

Tottenham Hotspur are ready to enter the bidding for Burnley defender Michael Keane, which could boost Manchester United's hopes of landing Eric Dier.

Keane is poised to leave Burnley, and title chasers Tottenham are preparing to fight Everton and Liverpool for his signature.

United also have an interest in re-signing Keane, who they sold to Burnley for just £2m two years ago, but Jose Mourinho is desperate to take Dier from Spurs.

Tottenham do not want to let any of their stars leave, but Mourinho's hopes of landing Dier would improve if Keane headed to Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino is looking for versatile players and likes the fact that Keane can play on the right side of a back three, as he showed when he made his England debut against Germany last month, as well as playing in a back four.

Other than chasing Everton's Ross Barkley and Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, Pochettino has identified his defence as an area that could be strengthened.

Dier (23) is happy at White Hart Lane, but wants to play in midfield - a position Mourinho is willing to promise him at Old Trafford.

United are willing to pay £40m for Dier, while Keane is expected to fetch Burnley around £30m.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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