Everton are plotting a move for a duo of Championship defenders, Burnley’s Michael Keane and Leeds’ Sam Byram, according to the Daily Mail.

Roberto Martinez appears to be bracing himself for a bid from Chelsea for starlet John Stones by searching for his replacements. Michael Keane and Sam Byram have both been touted for the top flight with impressive performances this season.

Michael Keane only joined Burnley from Manchester United last year as Burnley were relegated from the Premier League. However, Keane was a shining light in a resilient Clarets side, which just didn’t have the resources to stay in the top flight.

However, this season, Burnley are flying high in the Championship as they bid to show they are good enough to be a Premier League and Keane has shown his talent once again. The 22-year-old has played every game for Burnley this season and has even chipped in with three goals.

A January move for Keane could be Martinez’s best option, who has been watching the defender for some time. However, Swansea are also believed to looking Keane.

Sam Byram is also being considered by Everton, as the right sided player continues to show his potential, with dazzling performances for Leeds. However, the Toffees may baulk at the £6m price demanded by the Yorkshire club.

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