Manchester United have agreed a fee with Hull City over the permanent transfer of striker Will Keane. The 23-year-old will now sign a three year contract at the KC Stadium in a deal worth up to an estimated one million pounds.
Keane only made two appearances at Old Trafford last season and was not named in Jose Mourinho’s squad for the new season.
The forward will now join up with United old boy Mike Phelan who is currently in charge of the tigers. Phelan has been desperate to add some new faces to his already depleted looking Hull side before the summer transfer window slams shut and in signing Keane it could turn out to be a real bargain for the club.
Since joining the club’s academy back in 2009 the striker has since struggled to make a real impact at Old Trafford. Injuries combined with a lack of first team opportunities have left the striker falling way down the pecking order at Manchester United.
His lack of game time at the theatre of dreams has led to numerous loan spells away from the club at the likes of Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.
Now approaching the age of twenty four Keane is at the stage of his footballing career where he needs to be playing first team football on a regular basis. He has had a variety of different loan moves way from United but now the time was right for the forward to cut loose from United once and for all and in joining Hull City he has done just that.
Should he have remained on the books at Old Trafford he would have no doubt found himself in a familiar position as he has done over the past four years going out on loan and then coming back to find himself playing with the Under-21’s. For Keane to develop not only as a footballer but as a man also he needed to move on his for his own sake. He give it a go at Manchester United but ultimately in the end things just didn’t work out.
Under Mike Phelan he will finally be handed the chance to play in the first team on a regular basis and should Phelan manage Keane to replicate the form he shown in his earlier days with the United academy, Hull could have a real player on their hands.