Should Sunderland move for Will Keane in wake of reports stating his availability?

Manchester United striker Will Keane

Manchester United's Will Keane could be a useful striking option for Sunderland, should they decide to make a move.

Preston's Will Keane in action with Bournemouth's Baily Cargill Will Keane has spent the last three years out on loan at various clubs

According to a report from ESPN, Manchester United are willing to listen to offers of around £1 million for Will Keane, and the 23-year-old would be a useful signing for Sunderland.

The young Englishman's career has never taken off at Old Trafford, and he has been farmed out on loan to four different clubs over the past three years.

The Black Cats desperately need more firepower in their attack to supplement Jermain Defoe's goals, and they could provide the perfect opportunity for Keane to finally establish himself as a Premier League striker.

Sunderland's Jermain DefoeSunderland are too heavily reliant on Jermain Defoe as an attacking threat

Standing at 6 ft 2 in, Keane has a fantastic physique for a striker, and could act as a perfect foil for Defoe. Whilst his finishing has a lot of room for improvement, he is accomplished in linking up play between the midfield and attack, and his tireless work ethic cannot be underestimated.

He also is more than willing to make unselfish runs into the channels, which would, in turn, create more space for someone like Defoe to operate in.

Manchester United's Will Keane celebrates scoring their first goal with Juan MataManchester United's Will Keane with Juan Mata

Should a move come to fruition, it would be one that would suit all parties involved. Man United would be freeing up squad space in selling a player who obviously does not feature in their plans, while Sunderland would be gaining a low-risk cheap attacking option who still has the potential to become a top-class Premier League striker.

The stability that Keane would gain from a permanent move may also give him the confidence and peace of mind to greatly improve his own game, and become a real asset for the North East outfit.

New Sunderland manager David Moyes arrives before the matchWill Keane would provide new Sunderland manager David Moyes with another quality attacking option

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