Rumour Reel: Keane to Everton, while Memphis offered Old Trafford exit
Robbie Purves | 4 December 2016
Coral’s rumour reel
It’s getting to that time of year again, as managers eye new arrivals and fans wait with baited breath hoping for a big name acquisition.
It appears Ronald Koeman is keen to strengthen his Toffees defence in the winter window, with Michael Keane to Everton linked in today’s back pages.
The Manchester United graduate is also reportedly wanted by a plethora of Premier League clubs, as the solid centre back continues to shine.
Keane to Everton
Everton boss Koeman has reportedly joined the race for Burnley star Keane, as he looks to strengthen his backline. The Dutchman’s Goodison Park revolution started with impressive, defensively tight displays, but have recently begun to ship goals.
Keane, still without a cap despite multiple England call-ups, was a reported £15m summer target for champions Leicester City, while Chelsea are thought to have tested Burnley’s resolve during the previous window.
Koeman has an ageing defence and Keane at 23 could inject some well needed youth, with Phil Jagielka aged 34 and Ashley Williams, 32, occupying starting berths.
However, reports suggest Koeman’s first choice would to be to reunite with compatriot Virgil van Dijk, but the Dutchman is likely to go to a top-four team.
Memphis Old Trafford exit?
Reports emerging from Italy suggest a deal between Roma and Manchester United for the Italian capital giants to sign Memphis Depay on loan is close.
Memphis arrived on English shores full of potential and had fans excited to see their new number seven. However, it just hasn’t clicked at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho has left him out in the cold, managing just 24 PL minutes this season.
It is said Roma see Memphis as an ideal fit on the wing, replacing Mohamed Salah who sustained an ankle injury last month.
Hammers hunt for Mitrovic?
Struggling West Ham United could look to add Newcastle United bad boy Aleksandar Mitrovic in January to solve their scoring woes, reports claim.
The Serbia striker has netted five for the Championship team this term, but is still unable to nail down a starting spot on Tyneside.
Daniel Sturridge is thought to be Slaven Bilic’s first choice, but the player may have loftier ambitions.
Toffees fans, what do you think of Keane to Everton? Tell us in the comments below.