Sheffield Wednesday are nearing an agreement that will see Manchester United striker Will Keane join them on loan for the rest of the season, with Louis van Gaal set to consent to his departure.
In stark contrast to the response given to Sunderland when they enquired over the possibility of having James Wilson on a temporary spell for the remainder of the campaign, which was a firm no, United are said to be ready to let Keane move to Sheffield as they feel it could aid his development, as per The Sun.
Keane to leave
The 22-year-old, who was labelled as a promising talent for the future after making his breakthrough under Sir Alex Ferguson during the 2011/12 campaign, has struggled to shake off various injury problems, and with his contract at Old Trafford set to expire this summer he knows it’s now or never regarding his United career.
Whilst Wilson has been granted pride of place alongside the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao in Van Gaal’s first-team, Keane - who was once considered on par with the 19-year-old - has been resigned to performances for the U21 squad, following disappointing loan spells with both Queens Park Rangers (2014) and Wigan Athletic (2013).
As such he’ll no doubt be putting his full concentration on revamping his career at Wednesday, with Stuart Gray’s side sitting in 9th place in the Championship and looking to move into the play-off places.
If Keane can fire them into contention for promotion if may be enough to convince Van Gaal to offer him a new deal, though if he fails again it will surely spell the end of his career with the former Premier League champions.
That outcome has already been realised by his brother, Michael, who signed on a permanent deal for Burnley earlier on this month. The defender had been on loan with Sean Dyche’s struggling side, but Van Gaal was happy to make the deal permanent.
Elsewhere the futures of a number of other United stars remain uncertain. Darren Fletcher is reportedly attracting interest from a host of clubs, whilst the likes of Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera have yet to impress following their arrivals in 2014.