Manchester United starlet set for four-team transfer fight

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Manchester United look as if they could be set to loan out starlet Michael Keane, with reports suggesting that a number of Championship clubs are keen to acquire him on a temporary basis.

According to Sky Sports,  Derby - now managed by former England boss Steve McClaren - are eager to sign Keane, with rivals Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic and Millwall all also reportedly on the trail of a player who the Red Devils are supposedly willing to let depart on loan in order for him to gain valuable first-team experience that is not currently available.

20-year-old Keane, who has been at Old Trafford since 2009, is a versatile defender whose twin brother Will also plays for Manchester United and is also expected to depart prior to Thursday's loan deadline.

If Keane were to embark on a loan switch prior to the deadline, it would be his second spell in the Championship.

Last season, the England U21 international spent five months in the second tier with Leicester City, contributing to the Foxes' cause with 24 appearances.

He also found the net on two occasion for Nigel Pearson's side, who went on to lose in the play-off semi-finals against Watford in truly heartbreaking fashion.

Given Manchester United's current crop of defensive talent under new manager David Moyes, it would appear sensible that Keane is allowed to further his career elsewhere, at least for the time being.

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