Preston sign Manchester United youngster Will Keane on loan

Preston North End

Preston have signed Will Keane on loan.

Manchester United youngster Will Keane has signed on loan with Preston North End, the club have confirmed via their official Twitter feed.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Keane's season long deal with the newly promoted Championship side includes a recall option.

Keane would compete for places up front with Joe Garner and the recently signed Jermaine Beckford.

He is a former England under-21 international for who high hopes were expected at Old Trafford, before his development was hampered by a serious knee injury two years ago.

Keane spent the last few months of 2014/15 on loan at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, and a year earlier had a brief spell at QPR. He has a record of 25 goals in 50 games for Manchester United's under-21 side, and netted three times in 13 games for the Owls.

The 22-year-old's twin brother is Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, who joined the Lancashire side permanently last season.

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