The 24-year-old has been linked with a move from Burnley for the past few weeks and Koeman was asked about the speculation at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to Stoke.
"He is one of those players," the Dutchman said in regard to Keane, the highly-rated young defender who has been monitored by many other clubs in the Premier League in recent years.
"He's on our list but he's on lots of teams' lists. It's what we need for next season and the future.
"If we sign a player it's that player who brings what we don't have. If it's not possible today or tomorrow we will wait until the summer when it's easier than in January."
Koeman's comments represent a break from his usual refusal to discuss specific players from other clubs which might hint at a deal being in the works before tomorrow's transfer deadline but Burnley are keen to keep Keane until the summer at least.
The manager has made no secret of his desire to add another central defender to his ranks but he suggested that attempts to bring in a new goalkeeper would be shelved until the summer.
Koeman has been impressed with the recent form of Joel Robles and he said that the Spaniard would be keeping his place in the side for the time being despite Maarten Stekelenburg's return to fitness.
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1 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:30:16
2 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:31:07
3 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:33:55
That's not an outright 'he's not for sale' type of answer from Dyche is it? But I can't see Burnley selling him in this window if they do cash in on the lad.
4 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:34:25
5 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:36:41
6 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:45:31
7 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:48:18
8 Posted 30/01/2017 at 16:57:32
I asked him about Keane last week..
Me: What's Michael Keane like?
Him: Bobby Moore without the looks.
Me: Lot of clubs (supposedly) interested and I saw we were one of them. £20m the amount quoted. Almost certainly bollocks but who knows. City and Leicester also mentioned (which will do wonders for Stones' confidence).
Him: He's better than Stones. If he doesn't go this month he'll go in the summer. Class player. I'm amazed Utd let him go.
There you go, horses mouth etc.
9 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:21:51
10 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:29:25
He'll probably move to either Sunderland or Bournemouth on loan for the remainder of the season
11 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:30:50
12 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:39:46
Could see Jags moving late also to Sunderland if the Keane move happens.
13 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:40:02
14 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:50:49
If Ron wants Keane, I suspect that Burnley wouldn't be too happy. My idea would be to buy Keane now before his price goes nuts, but leave him were he is so everyone's a winner.
We get Keane before the inflated price, Burnley keep there man to help stay up, and Holgate keeps on in the team.
15 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:51:23
Pay over the odds, yes and why not? Leave him now and we get in a longer queue in the summer.
With several suitors a more attractive than ourselves.
Get it done. Burnley aren't going down, so no pressure there other than giving them a decent pay off for him.
Less teams willing to spend in January, use the edge we have.
17 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:47:02
Guess you do now, Ron.
John, 15: that all makes sense, save for, not too much over the odds.
How often in the past we've been on the other end of the predation. Wouldn't want to lose Keane if I was associated with Burnley.
18 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:12:41
We get what we want and The sheep worriers get an excellent defender to see their season out, before they spend our dosh on someone more long term in the summer. Jobs a goodun coyb.
19 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:20:13
20 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:33:56
21 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:49:55
22 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:09:58
23 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:09:58