Manchester United and Burnley have entered talks over a potential deal which could see Michael Keane join Burnley on a permanent transfer.
The 21-year-old has emerged as a central figure for Burnley in their defence this season and has impressed enough to earn the plaudits of the press, fans and manager Sean Dyche.
With United’s defensive woes this season, Keane can count himself unlucky given that 19-year-old Paddy McNair has been given so many opportunities but he was already out on loan. But the question now is whether United should let Keane go or whether he should be re-called and given a chance with the first-team?
We asked our followers on Twitter for their view:
@PeoplesPerson_ 101% the right move, too far off the standard we require
— Le Roi (@apcmtb) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ it's the right move, Keane is ok but not shown anything that would make people think he would ever be United quality.
— Cantona's Collar (@LeKingsCollar) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Give him a chance considering our current state!
— Elliott (@ElliottUnited) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ loan mcnair this month and give keane minutes..
— Jishnu (@jsk_redevil) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ send him on loan
— Red Army Moss (@RedArmyMoss) January 6, 2015
@peoplesperson_ Instead of buying someone like Varane, LvG should give Keane & Thorpe a chance to step up!!
— Saurabh MUFC (@Saurabh1999) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ McNair and Blackett already there. And with a potential world class CB signing for us, he'd be a surplus.
— Ryan Baker (@ryan20baker) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ signing for Burnley is best for his personal interest.. guaranteed a starting place and currently on form!
— JJ (@jimmydan33) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ somehow McNair jumped the queue, but always thought Keane deserved a chance more to be honest
— Karan Patel (@karanmufc87) January 6, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ hope he has a good career in the game but he isn't Utd quality
— john mcdowell (@johnmcdmufc) January 6, 2015
Burnley blog NoNayNever.net certainly thinks Keane would be a great signing: “…But the Clarets have to look and think ahead. Keane is a player the team can be built around.
“He is strong and powerful in the air, quick enough across the ground, brave in the tackle and comfortable in possession. He doesn’t appear to have an obvious weakness and seems a good fit alongside Shackell in the heart of the defence.
“Even at £3m upwards, Keane could well prove an absolute bargain and securing him should be the first transfer business we do this month.”
United fans are split but Burnley fans are united in wanting to sign Keane. What’s your view?