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Everton completed the much-anticipated signing of Michael Keane from Burnley in a deal said to be worth £25m that could rise to £30m in June 2017.

The 24-year-old became the fifth player to be signed by the Blues in early business during the summer of 2017, a spending spree that promised so much but ended up falling flat once the 2017-18 season got underway.

Keane had been installed as one of Ronald Koeman's and Steve Walsh's top targets, with the Everton manager breaking a self-imposed protocol by making his interest in the player public earlier in the year after it became common knowledge that he would be leaving Turf Moor that summer.

He signed a five-year contract and promised to add important competition to a back line that boasted another young defensive talent in Mason Holgate, Argentine Ramiro Funes Mori and two ageing centre halves in the form of Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams.

The Stockport-born centre-half spent two years with Burnley after joining the Clarets from Manchester United for just £2m and the Red Devils received a 25% cut of the fee thanks to a sell-on clause built into that deal.

A fledgeling England international, Keane was one of the most highly-regarded young defenders in the country and one who was, statistically speaking, one of the most effective players in his position in 2016-17 at the heart of a Burnley side that finished well clear of relegation danger on their return to the top flight. He was among the top four in defensive blocks, clearances and headed clearances last season and ranked first for aerial battles won.

He was introduced to the Everton first team immediately, making his full debut in the Europa League qualifier against Ruzomberok in late July 2017 and he was in the side that kicked off the Premier League season with a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

The Toffees' 2017-18 campaign eventually unravelled in spectacular fashion with a sequence of results that would cost Koeman his job by October. Keane himself was struggling to find the form that made him so attractive to the club in the first place and he was no longer an automatic choice at centre half by the time Sam Allardyce was appointed as permanent boss the following month.

FactFile

Squad number
Position Centre-Half
Nationality English
Born Stockport
Date of birth 11 January 1993
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Joined 3 July 2017
Joined from Burnley
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £25m (rising to £30m)
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2022
Full debut v Ruzomberok (H)
27 July 2017
Previous Clubs Burnley
Man Utd
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 4 15 (0) 0 8 (0) 1 23 (0) 1
  Totals 15 (0) 0 8 (0) 1 23 (0) 1


Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2011-14 Manchester United 0 (1) & 3 (1) 0 & 0
2012-13 Leicester City (loan) 22 (0) & 5 (0) 2 & 1
2013-14 Derby County (loan) 4 (3) & 1 (0) 0 & 0
2013-14 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 13 (0) & 0 (0) 3 & 0
2014-17 Burnley 94 (4) & 8 (0) 7 & 0


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