Hull City are considering a surprise summer move for Manchester United striker Will Keane after Steve Bruce sent his top Tigers scout to run the rule over the Red Devils academy graduate during his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.
The 22-year-old has endured a difficult couple of seasons since suffering a serious knee injury two years ago, and was afforded an opportunity to continue his rehabilitation at the start of 2015 by undertaking a stint in the Championship.
Keane moved to Hillsborough in January and has gone on to make ten appearances for Stuart Gray's side, contributing three goals during his time with the Owls, which - according to The Sun - has caught Bruce's eye.
He's struggled to replicate the kind of form that prompted Manchester United legend Paul Scholes to compare the talented youngster to Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2011, but Bruce remains a keen admirer of the marksman, and is ready to offer him the chance to continue his career at the KC Stadium, assuming he is deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch coach has shown a desire to promote from within during his debut campaign at Old Trafford, and has handed Keane's former development squad team-mate James Wilson an opportunity to impress in the first-team.
However, it looks as though the Sheffield Wednesday loanee's future lies away from the Theatre of Dreams, and he's set to follow in the footsteps of twin brother Michael, who completed a permanent switch to fellow Premier League strugglers Burnley at the turn of the year.
The fact Manchester United's current crop of strikers are performing so badly in 2014/15 might give Keane reason for optimism that there could be an opening for another front-man in the senior fold, with Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie's respective futures shrouded in doubt.
What next for Will Keane?
It's much more likely that Van Gaal will re-enter the transfer market for a high-profile addition to solve his current crisis in attack, though, meaning the former England U21 international might be better off moving to Hull in the summer where he'll have a much better chance of breaking through to the first-team.
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