Tottenham Hotspur are ready to enter the bidding for Burnley defender Michael Keane, which could boost Manchester United's hopes of landing Eric Dier.
Mauricio Pochettino is rumoured to be a huge fan of Keane and Spurs are willing to shell out around £15-20million to ensure they land one of their top summer targets.
Burnley are believed to want at least £30 million for Keane, but are keen to hang onto their star centre-back.
Keane, 24, has been linked with a return to his first club Manchester United, though we understand no discussions have taken place between United and the player's representatives.
Last summer they forked a world record £89million for former academy product Paul Pogba having let go of the French midfielder in 2012.More news: Analysts Near-Term outlook: LENDINGCLUB CORP (LC), NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)
Aside from that, United are also interested in re-signing Keane. He has a close relationship with United legend Rio Ferdinand, who has been a mentor to the youngster, who has a similar relaxed, assured feel about his play. Pochettino is expected to lift the club to the next level in the summer and it is key for him to keep together the strong platform he has built his squad on.
Keane could end up being a straight replacement for Dier.
Hailing the Portuguese superstar as "a genius" as he gave his verdict on his latest hat-trick that fired Real Madrid to a Champions League quarter-final win against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Keane didn't hold back as he poured praise on the 32-year-old forward.
Burnley host United on Sunday April 23. Keane is a better defender than Stones - it is not even close - and he will prove it in the years to come.