Champonship clubs battle to sign Michael Keane from Manchester United
Michael Keane is set to leave Manchester United on loan, with a string of Championship clubs looking to land him.
Last Updated: 28/11/13 6:03pm
The England Under-21 defender spent most of last season taking in a loan spell at Leicester City and has been on the fringes of the first-team under David Moyes.
Now United are ready to let him leave on an initial short-term basis to enable him to gain further experience.
Sky Sports understands that former Old Trafford coach Steve McClaren wants to take him to Derby County, but his former club Middlesbrough are also pushing hard to land the 20-year-old, who can play in central defence of at full-back.
Charlton and Millwall are also hoping to secure Keane's services, giving him plenty of options ahead of the loan deadline on Thursday at 5pm.
Keane does look like he will make the move before the deadline, as will his twin brother Will, who is close to completing a deal with Wigan Athletic.
Sky Sports understands over a dozen Championship clubs tried to take the striker, with the Latics in pole position.