Manchester United's Keane linked with Cardiff City move
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Manchester United's Keane linked with Cardiff City move

CARDIFF City are hoping to add second-generation Irishman Michael Keane to their squad as they bid to bounce back into the Premiership at the first time of asking.

Manchester United defender Keane is known to Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from his time at Old Trafford.

The English-born 21-year-old centre-back represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 17 level before switching his allegiances to England. Keane has Irish roots through his Dublin-born father.

He has had loan spells at Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers and is currently on United’s tour of the United States.

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With relegated Cardiff on a pre-season trip to Austria, it is unlikely any deal will be done until United return from the US.

Keane has been a Manchester United player since the age of 11 and signed professional forms with the club when he turned 18 in 2011. His twin brother Will is also on the books at Old Trafford as a striker.

Keane made his senior debut for United in a League Cup victory over Aldershot in 2011 and has since made a name for himself in United’s Reserves, where he worked closely with Solskjaer, and was named Reserve Team Player of the Season in 2011-12.