Preston North End have secured the services of Manchester United’s Will Keane on a season long loan deal.
Reports suggest that Preston beat a number of Premier League and Championship clubs to the striker’s signature.
Keane spent most of the second half of last season at Sheffield Wednesday and will now go to Preston for a full season.
“I’m really excited to be here and I am looking forward to the new season and the challenge ahead,” he said.
“I want to come here and do my best to help the team; they had a very successful year last year and hopefully the whole team and the club can build on that.
“The likes of David Beckham and Danny Welbeck have been here and they all did well and benefited from the experience, so that is something I can hopefully come here and take from it.”
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Preston’s manager, Simon Grayson, admitted that the opportunity to sign the England U21s international came about following enquiries about the availability of United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who spent time at Deepdale last season, helping them in their promotion to the Championship.
He said: “We are delighted to have signed Will. He has got fantastic movement and he is a goalscorer.
“We have got good competition but he can play anywhere across the front three, in the No.10 role, and we are excited about his signing; it is one we have worked hard to confirm ahead of a lot of other clubs.”
Grayson has tracked Keane’s return from his cruciate ligament injury and hopes he can recapture his goal-scoring form.
He added: “He had an unbelievably bright future before he had his unfortunate injury, but he has been at Sheffield Wednesday and QPR over the last couple of years.
“I have watched him a number of times and the people that you speak to who have worked with him can’t speak highly enough of him in terms of his movement, his finishing, his size, a clever player, and we do feel very fortunate that we have got him.”
The timing of this loan deal means that the striker will not be available for the summer tour but given recent history with loans, it is a positive sign to see the club being proactive about sending players out to get game time.
Keane will wear the No.9 jersey at Deepdale.