Dyche claims Liverpool and Everton target is being ‘tapped up’

Dyche claims Liverpool and Everton target is being ‘tapped up’

Furious Clarets chief blasts rivals for openly talking about the defender as clubs ready bids for latest England star

Sean Dyche reckons Michael Keane is being openly tapped up by rival Premier League bosses.

The Burnley centre-back, who has just one year left on his contract, is a £20million target for Everton and Liverpool.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester have also been linked with the star, who made his England debut last week.

Goodison chief Ronald Koeman is one of the managers who has spoken publicly about his admiration of Keane over recent months.

And Clarets boss Dyche said: “Managers just talk openly about contract situations, who they’re after, what their situation is.

“If a manager conducted himself like that ten years ago, he would be asked, ‘What do you think you’re doing? That’s an illegal approach’.

“Now it’s just, ‘Oh, well, talk about who you want’.

“No one seems to do anything about it.

“You can only hope or presume the powers that be see it and think, ‘That’s not quite right’.

“I don’t do it. But that’s a personal choice, I’m not judging others. It’s my personal opinion.”

Keane is unlikely to commit to a new deal at Burnley but the Clarets will not be bullied into selling him on the cheap.

Financial results released this week showed the club lost just £3.7million during their one year out of the Premier League.

Dyche’s troops bounced straight back up last year.

And victory over Spurs at Turf Moor today would take Burnley to 35 points and almost guarantee survival for another term.

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