Everton are ready to ditch £30million defender Michael Keane as the Goodison Park hierarchy turn up the heat on the club’s recruitment department.

Manager Sam Allardyce will listen to offers for the 25-year-old England international centre-back in the summer, but knows they may have to take a big financial hit on the former Manchester United starlet.

Burnley, his previous club, are monitoring the situation, but aren’t prepared to pay anything like what they sold him to the Blues for last summer.

With their £45m record-buy midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson struggling to replicate last season’s form with Swansea and £27m striker Cenk Tosun also making a stuttering start to life in the Premier League after his January move from Turkish giants Besiktas, questions are being asked about the club’s transfer splurge in the past two windows.