Manchester United have reached an agreement with Burnley to make Michael Keane's loan move to Turf Moor a permanent one, with only personal terms left to finalise before the 21-year-old confirms his Old Trafford exit.
That is according to Goal.com, who report that Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been so impressed with the young defender that he had no hesitation in opening transfer talks midway through the campaign.
Keane may well want to wait to see if Burnley can beat the odds and secure Premier League survival before committing his long-term future to the club, but with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal happy to let him go it looks time for the England under-21 international to move on and build a career elsewhere.
Big impact at Burnley
The starlet has shone at Burnley in his third loan spell away from United, completing 90 minutes in eight of the club's last nine Premier League games in central defence.
Keane is perhaps unlucky to be behind the likes of Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett in the pecking order at United, but took the chance to go out on loan before a shocking injury crisis truly took hold at Old Trafford. There's no question Burnley have given Keane the platform to develop, but if he does agree to a permanent transfer it will definitely be one tinged with a feeling of what might have been in terms of a career with United.
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Interest from elsewhere
Goal believe that Burnley are far from the only club to express an interest in taking Keane off United's hands from next season, but with roots already tied down at Turf Moor any offers are likely to be a waste of time and effort.
Burnley have reportedly agreed a £3 million fee to get a deal for Keane signed and sealed over the next 24 hours, with confirmation expected before the end of this week.
Van Gaal clearly thinks the likes of Blackett, McNair, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones leave no room for another young defender to make his mark at the Theatre of Dreams, so the move makes sense for both parties in the long-term.