Tuesday 17 October 2017

Coyle expecting Keane deal

Will Keane picked up an injury on England Under-21 duty
Will Keane picked up an injury on England Under-21 duty

Wigan boss Owen Coyle is confident the loan deal for Manchester United striker Will Keane will be completed in the next 24 hours.

Coyle said last week the two clubs had a verbal agreement and the move would be made once the 20-year-old recovered from a foot injury picked up on England Under-21 duty.

Keane made his United debut in December 2011 but missed the whole of last season after rupturing a cruciate ligament.

Coyle said: "I'd be very surprised if that's not concluded in the next day.

"I spoke again with (United manager) David (Moyes) yesterday just before they were flying off to Germany. We're both happy in terms of how it proceeds from a football perspective.

"The paperwork is there to be signed, whether that's today or tomorrow morning. I don't want to get ahead of myself but we're confident that will certainly happen."

Coyle also confirmed, though, that Aston Villa have recalled winger Marc Albrighton.

The 24-year-old played four matches for the Latics after joining the club a month ago and Wigan had hoped to hang onto him.

Coyle said: "We'd hoped to extend his loan until a minimum of January. He's been a great lad, I can't speak highly enough of him, so much so that he actually came in and trained today even though he was leaving - that's how much he enjoyed being part of the group.

"If he goes back to Aston Villa and plays in the first team then great; if he's left kicking his heels then I think he'll be as frustrated as the rest of us because he certainly made an impact at Wigan Athletic and would have continued to do so."

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