Burnley discussing permanent move for Michael Keane with Man Utd

by Sam Peoples

Burnley are having discussions with Manchester United over a permanent deal for Michael Keane.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at the Premier League side and has recently taken his opportunities to force his way into Sean Dyche’s first-team where he is now a key member.

With Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett breaking through at United this year, Keane has been frustrated to miss out but Dyche has confirmed there is strong interest from Burnley.

“We are just looking at that situation,” Dyche said in his press conference after the 1-1 draw with Tottenham. “That has been ongoing ever since he has been here.”

“We will wait and see,” Dyche added when asked if Keane could join permanently.

“That is a discussion we will have with him and Manchester United. That has been going on for a while.”

Does Keane have a future at United? Louis van Gaal certainly doesn’t have a cemented defence as it stands but is more than likely to invest in either January or the summer in new defensive signings. Added on top of breakthrough players this year, there will be plenty of centre-backs at the club ahead of Keane in the pecking order.

It all depends on what Keane wants to do. He may be buoyed by the belief Van Gaal has shown in youngsters so much that he wants to try and force his way into his plans. Alternatively, Keane could seek a move elsewhere to guarantee more playing time and Burnley would be the logical choice in that scenario.

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