Two Premier League clubs are locked in battle to secure the services of Burnley starlet Michael Keane, according to the Daily Star.
The 22-year-old centre-back, who has featured for England at both under-20 and under-21 level, has become a first team regular at Burnley and is now subject to top-flight interest.
Newcastle United and Everton are both keen on the young defender as Steve McClaren and Roberto Martinez continue to view the young defender as a good future prospect.
Keane is now an in-demand player after performing well in the Premier League last season and continuing that form into this year’s Sky Bet Championship season.
The youngster has scored three goals in his last four games for Burnley, which is all the more impressive when the goals come from a defender.
The reported fee for the Burnley ace is a modest £2m, which appears a bargain for a player proven to be full of potential.
Newcastle are currently the favourites to secure the signature of Keane who played under Steve McClaren at Derby County.
Whether or not the persuasion of working with his former boss will be enough for the Tyneside club remains to be seen, yet it seems likely that it could be a decisive factor in a potential move.
Of course, the appeal of playing in the top-flight again is something that will surely interest the youngster. However, whether he will be in either the Newcastle or Everton first team is another matter.
If the defender prioritises regular first-team football so he can maximise his potential, then concerns as to whether a Premier League move is right for him arise.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche sees Keane as a key player for his side and if the starlet stays injury free, then the chances are he will start most games for Burnley this season.
However, with Premier League clubs interested, Burnley may have a big decision on their hands when the January transfer window opens.
Both Premier League clubs will continue to track the youngster as the Sky Bet Championship season progresses to assess whether they really want to sign him.
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