West Ham are reportedly plotting a last-minute bid to sign Everton defender Michael Keane, with David Moyes viewing the England international as a potential replacement for Craig Dawson.
According to the Daily Mail, the Irons could soon make an offer to sign Keane, with the 30-year-old centre-back hardly featuring for Everton this season following the summer arrivals of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski under Frank Lampard.
Whilst the pending arrival of former Burnley Sean Dyche might change Keane’s fortunes, with the English coach a large reason behind the defender’s development and eventual £30m move to Everton in 2017, the former Manchester United academy star is still expected to leave Goodison Park, with West Ham interested.
As mentioned, the Irons are in the market for a centre-back following Dawson’s move to Wolves, and Keane has emerged as a realistic target for West Ham, who could reach an agreement to sign the 12-cap England international in the final days of the transfer window.
Indeed, whilst Keane has hardly played for Everton this season, the defender is still someone who could do a job in the Premier League under Moyes, and the centre-back could be a cost-effective replacement for Dawson, who he himself was viewed by pundits as one of the best Premier League bargains in recent years.
With Keane in need of a change of scenery, West Ham could be the perfect next club for the former Burnley man, with the centre-back’s services more than needed as the Irons look to climb up the Premier League table from their current unlikely position.
Few would have tipped West Ham to struggle this much this season after two back-to-back European finishes in the Premier League, yet with the defence ravaged by injuries and out-of-form players, signing an unlikely hero in Keane could be what saves the Hammers from utter disaster.
The Everton outcast will have a point to prove having been left in the cold this season by Lampard, and in east London, the former England regular has the potential to salvage his career with a West Ham spell that will save the Irons from an unlikely relegation.