Arsenal tracking Manchester United starlet Will Keane

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Arsenal are one of a number of clubs tracking to progress and contract negotiations of Manchester United starlet Will Keane, reports the Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old looked set to stay at Old Trafford after being offered an extension on his current deal but, as of yet, has failed to agree terms.

His contract is set to expire this summer from which point he would be free to leave Manchester United for pastures new.

The former Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award winner was considered one of the best prospects at Manchester United in 2011 after winning the FA Youth Cup alongside Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison.

However, Keane suffered a serious knee injury whilst on England under-19 duty in 2012 and, although recovering physically, hasn't hit to sharpness he displayed prior to the incident.

If he decides to quit Manchester United, Arsenal look to be one of the clubs willing to offer him a new challenge. Arsene Wenger is always on the lookout for young, English talent and Keane could come free of charge.

Arsenal have struggled for quality up front this season and are set to lose Nicklas Bendtner when his contract expires in the summer.

Wenger is expected to bring a world-class striker to the Emirates to support Olivier Giroud but will also need depth, which is where interest in Keane probably comes from.

Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Norwich and Wigan are also believed to be looking to sign Keane on a permanent basis should he decide to leave Old Trafford.

Exchanges between Manchester United and Arsenal are rare. Robin van Persie was the last high profile star to make the switch in a £24m deal.

Last year Manchester United also stole Matthew Wilcock, a highly rated youngster, from Arsenal's clutches.

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