Manchester United striker Will Keane has emerged as a surprise January transfer target for Championship side Reading, who are ready to offer the youngster regular first-team opportunities in a loan switch until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old was kept by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal in the summer along with another starlet in James Wilson, but has now fallen behind his academy strike partner in the pecking order and badly needs game time in 2015.
Van Gaal is ready to sanction a temporary move for Keane, which means he could follow brother Michael in agreeing a move out of Old Trafford before the transfer window slams shut.
Chance to revive promising career
Injury has definitely hampered Keane's development in recent years, with a cruciate ligament suffered in 2012 keeping the talented young forward sidelined for the best part of 16 months.
Keane bounced back to enjoy loan spells with Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers last year, helping the latter secure promotion no less, but failed to score a single goal across 14 appearances with both clubs.
That hasn't stopped interest from Championship clubs in a loan deal being high once again though, with Goal.com reporting that Reading manager Steve Clarke is at the head of the queue for Keane's signature.
No future at United?
United have already allowed one Keane twin to leave the club since the January transfer window opened, with Michael deciding to make his loan move to Premier League strugglers Burnley permanent.
Michael clearly benefitted from a sustained run of starts in his preferred position, brother Will looks very likely to get a similar opportunity over the next few weeks.
Van Gaal will of course have to sign off on any agreement between Reading and United, but with competition to start in attack at the Theatre of Dreams so stiff Keane's chances of ever breaking into the starting XI are now extremely slim, particularly with his current contract expiring in the summer.