Michael Keane
Michael Keane has impressed at Turf Moor during the first part of the season Getty

Manchester United centre-back Michael Keane has joined Burnley after the clubs agreed a permanent move for the defender, the Premier League giants confirmed.

After being part of Louis van Gaal's squad during the pre-season, Keane made his Barclays Premier League bow under the Dutch boss in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland earlier this campaign while also playing in the humiliating Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons.

But with both Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett ahead of him in the manager's pecking order, the boss decided to send Keane on loan to Turf Moor on transfer deadline day last summer in a deal that would end this month.

The 21-year-old has since become an important piece in Burnley's back line, making 11 appearances for the Clarets in the Premier League and the FA Cup, partnering skipper Jason Shackell.

Manager Sean Dyche recently revealed his intention to keep Keane amid talks with Old Trafford officials over extending his spell at the Clarets.

And even though it was expected he would just extend the loan deal, the clubs have confirmed a permanent move.

"Manchester United and Burnley have reached agreement for centre-back Mike Keane to complete a permanent move to Turf Moor for an undisclosed fee," United confirmed on its official website.

"Everybody at United wishes Mike well in his future career."

Meanwhile, Burnley confirmed the England Under-21 international has signed a three-and-a-half deal at Turf Moor.

Dyche expressed his delighted about Keane's decision. He said: "Michael is a good young player and we see a lot of development in him as he's on a good pathway at the moment and we're delighted that he has decided to join us."