Manchester United have accepted Hull City's offer for striker Will Keane and will allow the striker to join the Tigers before the summer transfer window shuts at 11pm BST on Wednesday (31 August). The striker is not part of Jose Mourinho's plans for the ongoing campaign and will be allowed to depart on a permanent basis.
The Hull Daily Mail understands that the Red Devils have accepted the £1m ($1.3m) offer made by the KC Stadium outfit as Mike Phelan looks to strengthen his forward ranks before the transfer deadline. The Hull manager is aware of Keane's talents as they worked together during his stint as United's assistant coach under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 23-year-old forward has made just three appearances for the 20-time English champions with two of them coming under Louis van Gaal last season. He has spent most of the last four seasons on loan with Wigan Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers and most recently with Preston North End during the first-half of last season.
Keane is said to be keen to complete the move and link up with Phelan, who has urged the owners to strengthen the team as they target survival in the Premier League. The Tigers, who are one of the favourites for relegation, had a surprising start to their season, when they beat Leicester City and Swansea in their opening two games before narrowly losing to Manchester United in their third game.
"We have to sit down, me and the owners, sometime. Now we have no game, it is vitally important we do it. We are active but at the moment nothing has been concluded. We need to get cracking," the former United coach told reporters, as quoted by Reuters.
"I think it is a year since we have signed an outfield player. These players here need help. We need to make news. It is going to be touch and go."
According to Sky Sports, Keane is set to undergo a medical with the club and the forward's signing is expected to be confirmed by Tuesday (30 August). The England U21 international will be Hull's first senior signing of the summer.
Keane's imminent departure will add to the number of youngsters who have been offloaded this summer. Adnan Januzaj, Guillermo Varela, Andreas Pereira, James Wilson and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have all left on season-loan deals, while Donald Love, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett have been allowed to leave on a permanent basis.