By Saikat Mandal

24th Nov, 2022 | 9:10am

Everton open to let Michael Keane leave in the January window

Everton are “definitely” looking to let centre-back Michael Keane leave in the January transfer window, according to Dean Jones.

The former Bleacher Report journalist has told Give Me Sport that the Toffees are “open” to the idea of selling Keane, and Moise Kean, who has dropped down the pecking order at the club.

Keane joined the Toffees in 2017 from Burnley and has made 189 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals.

“I mean, they’re definitely looking. They’re open to Michael Keane leaving, from what I’m told,” said Jones to Give Me Sports.

“We’ll probably see both Keane and Kean leaving in 2023 because Moise Kean will end up leaving permanently as well. I think it’s natural that both of those are heading towards the exit door at the moment.”

Make sense

Keane made 38 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions last season, but Frank Lampard was far from happy with his effort. 

The 29-year-old has only played 22 minutes of league football this season, and he needs to leave in order to play regular football. 

He has dropped down the pecking order at the club behind Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, and Mason Holgate, and is further going to slip down when Ben Godfrey will return to action. 

Keane has been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest, with Sunday People (13 November) reporting that they would be interested in him again, after missing out on the defender in the summer. 

The England international is a brilliant defender, and has enjoyed a decent career at the Merseyside club. On his day, he can be as good as anybody, but he has this bad habit of making silly errors that can cost a game. 

The lack of consistency is the main reason why Lampard has binned him completely. His time at Goodison Park is coming to an end.