Leeds step up loan interest in Manchester United striker

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Leeds United will step up their interest in signing Manchester United youngster Will Keane on loan, reports the Yorkshire Post.

The 20-year-old striker - twin brother of centre-back Michael Keane - has attracted widespread interest in the Championship, with Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers all monitoring his situation.

Red Devils boss David Moyes is keen for the England U21 international to gain some experience of playing regular first-team football; an opportunity that cannot be afforded to him at Old Trafford at present.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott is ready to give Keane that chance at Elland Road, and travelled to the Premier League champions' Carrington training ground last Thursday to watch the talented young forward in Manchester United reserve team action in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Keane missed the entire 2012/13 campaign with a cruciate ligament injury, but has made a promising return to action in the early part of this season.

A loan move to the Championship is seen as the natural step for him to take as he continues his development, with a stint at Leeds having the potential to provide a platform for him to make waves in the Manchester United first-team in the future.

Leeds return to league action when they host Birmingham City at Elland Road on Sunday. Whether McDermott will be able to call upon Keane for the clash, remains to be seen.

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