According to a report by Football Insider, Tottenham made an approach to sign Everton defender Michael Keane before the close of the January transfer window only to be knocked back by the Toffees.

Keane had been a regular in the heart of the Everton’s defence since joining from Burnley for around £25million in the summer of 2017 when he penned a five-year contract (BBC Sport).

However, he lost his place in the side in December with the recently-appointed Carlo Ancelotti preferring a central defensive pairing of Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate.

It is claimed that Spurs have been tracking the England defender over the past year and had sent scouts to watch him in action on a regular basis.

The report reveals that the Lilywhites made an approach for the 27-year-old before Toby Alderweireld put pen to paper on a new contract with the club.

Everton were said to be unwilling to let the experienced defender go in the middle of the season.

With Jan Vertonghen’s contract running out at the end of the season, Spurs could very well  be in the market for a central defender when the transfer market re-opens in the summer (The Express).

Spurs Web Opinion

Keane might be a decent signing as a backup but I don’t think he has the quality required to establish himself first choice at Spurs. I personally think we should go for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake in the summer as he will be a fantastic fit for us and a natural left-sided replacement for Jan Vertonghen.

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