By Saikat Mandal

24th Jan, 2023 | 1:10pm

West Ham United in hunt for Michael Keane as Everton make transfer decision

Michael Keane has had interest from West Ham United in the January window, but Everton are reportedly reluctant to let him join a Premier League rival.

According to TalkSPORT (transfer live blog, 24 January, 11:16 am), Keane was in “limbo” after Frank Lampard blocked his move after being frozen out, having played just one Premier League game this season.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for him under a new manager, but Lampard’s exit could help him revive his career at the Merseyside club.

Experience

The 30-year-old is a vastly experienced defender and he will be a fantastic signing for the Hammers. 

While he won’t be a regular starter at the club, he can be a very good squad player. The Hammers lost Craig Dawson who joined Wolves in the January window. The London outfit will lose Angelo Ogbonna next summer when his contract will expire. 

The club will need new defenders, and Keane with loads of Premier League experience, would be a handy option. He has made 189 appearances for the Toffees since joining the club in 2017 and has scored 11 goals in all competitions. 

Keane has a contract at the club until 2025, so there’s still time for him to resurrect his career under a new manager. However, if he decides to move on, West Ham should look to bring him on board. 

David Moyes has the likes of Nayef Aguerd, Kurt Zouma, Thilo Kehrer and Ogbonna at his disposal, but Keane could still be a brilliant addition. 

He has a few good years left in him and can be a fantastic replacement for Dawson.