The highly-regarded centre-half has attracted an increasing amount of attention from the Premier League's bigger clubs with his performances this season and it was seen as inevitable that he would depart Turf Moor this summer.
Yesterday's confirmation that Burnley will sell him in the close season sparked predictable speculation in the media and Koeman, who has admitted his interest in signing Keane in recent weeks, was asked about him during his pre-match press conference at Finch Farm yesterday ahead of the trip to West Ham.
He wouldn't speak further about the 24-year-old, however, simply saying: "I don't speak about [my] interest in players."
He was asked to speak in general terms about his and Steve Walsh's recruitment goals for the summer and Koeman said that while it will be challenging competing for the top talent, he is confident that the Blues make for a tempting proposition these days.
"I think it's a really interesting process for players and I think we will have competition [from] bigger clubs and it's always difficult," the Dutchman said.
"But I think the way Everton is running and the direction the club is going makes it a really interesting project."
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1 Posted 21/04/2017 at 07:49:25
2 Posted 21/04/2017 at 08:46:46
Welcome, Michael you will have made the best decision of your life.
3 Posted 21/04/2017 at 08:47:11
I approach this summer window with a little more excitement than ever before!
4 Posted 21/04/2017 at 08:58:35
5 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:17:21
From what I have seen on the pitch, he seems handy enough... but we need real pace at the back to move to the next level in my view. Has he got it?
7 Posted 21/04/2017 at 09:49:01
Burnley selected Vokes against us when he is not usually first choice, and Stoke selected Crouch from the start too. Our tallest centre back (Funes Mori) happens not to be very good at basic defending either.
I like the look of Keane. He looks like a ball playing defender, whereas the lad at Hull appears less strong in that regard but possibly a more robust defender.
I suspect that Van Dyke is beyond us he will have his eye on a move to the capital. This position and a decent goalkeeper are big priorities for next season.
8 Posted 21/04/2017 at 10:00:50
9 Posted 21/04/2017 at 11:09:27
I suspect we're going to go for him and Ronald, no doubt, has satisfied himself.
10 Posted 21/04/2017 at 11:46:34
11 Posted 21/04/2017 at 12:32:50
Can't understand that especially after a long day.
12 Posted 21/04/2017 at 13:33:27
13 Posted 21/04/2017 at 14:20:04
He brings the ball out of defence with real confidence, but doesn't fall into the Stones trap of thinking he's Messi. Reminds me of Richard Gough in that respect.
He's in the peak of physical condition (you couldn't possibly be playing league two football never mind premier league football without immense physical conditioning) and seems about as level headed as they come.
He's most likely already decided on a destination sticking him on the market now might drive up a price, but the club that really wants him is probably already in pole position. Fingers crossed it's us!
14 Posted 21/04/2017 at 16:15:27
15 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:00:03
16 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:22:52
Yet he refuses to discuss Michael Keane, cant see the difference myself. I would prefer if he didn't talk about transfers in or out of the club, until they have been completed.
17 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:24:21
As for Keane well he's fair enough but I would prefer Maguire from Hull or Sakho from Palace / RS.
18 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:24:41
Martinez did the same but Koeman is ridiculous. He spoke about Keane in January too and now he won't. He seems at odds with the usual manager talk of saying very little on transfers.
19 Posted 21/04/2017 at 18:32:44
20 Posted 21/04/2017 at 18:55:28
21 Posted 21/04/2017 at 18:56:03
Badly turned for Lukaku, and the marking for Jags goal was iffy. If Jags missed, Lukaku was miles free.
23 Posted 21/04/2017 at 22:46:35
Quality vs quality, the outcome is never certain on any given day.
24 Posted 21/04/2017 at 22:51:05
25 Posted 22/04/2017 at 02:38:33
Already in nation team.
26 Posted 22/04/2017 at 10:18:28
27 Posted 22/04/2017 at 10:29:50
He could be a good fit but if the rich clubs want him and thy have a spot for him then there isn't much to be done.
29 Posted 25/04/2017 at 17:26:48
He won't leave Milan
Milan won't sell him
Every top club in Europe want him
He will set a new record price for a GK if he ever leaves Milan
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