Ipswich Town chief Lee O'Neill eyes permanent move for Hull City's Will Keane this summer

Will Keane of Hull City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Aston Villa at KCOM Stadium on August 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

Hull City’s Will Keane is currently on loan at Ipswich Town.

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Ipswich Town general manager Lee O’Neill says the club would love to sign Will Keane on a permanent deal following his impressive loan spell from league rivals Hull City, East Anglian Daily Times report.

“We’ve not had any discussions at this stage but he’s been a key part of things and was doing very well up until the point he got injured,” O’Neill explained.

“He is another who was enjoying his football here and that’s something we would love to do if we can look at that situation later on.”

 

Keane joined Ipswich during the January transfer window after falling out of favour at Hull City.

His contract with The Tigers expires this summer, although the Hull Daily Mail claim there is an option to extend the former Manchester United man’s contract for another 12 months.

So far, The Tigers have been reluctant to extend his deal, along with their second top scorer Fraizer Campbell who is also out of contract at the KCOM Stadium this summer.

Will Keane of Hull City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Aston Villa at KCOM Stadium on August 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

Keane is currently nursing an injury at Ipswich, but during his time on the pitch he has impressed boss Paul Lambert following his equaliser in the draw with Stoke City back in mid-February.

The 26-year-old has three goals in seven starts for the Tractor Boys, yet it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference to the Suffolk club’s survival chances as they sit 13 points adrift of safety.

Ipswich look all-but assured of relegation to League One next term, but that hasn’t deterred the current optimism around Portman Road. Signing Keane on a permanent deal would give them a great shot at an immediate return.

Ipswich Town fans react during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough at Portman Road on May 6, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

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