Manchester United youngster Will Kean is undergoing his medical at Hull City ahead of a potential permanent transfer.
Hull City’s interim manager Mike Phelan worked alongside Keane during his time as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson and is desperate to bring some new faces to Hull before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
The Tigers, who have a delicately thin first team squad, have yet to recruit any new players despite the long list of serious injuries and the departure of key players.
Last month the chaos surrounding the club’s off-field situation was revealed as current owner Assem Allam prepares to sell the club.
With time running out, it would seem that Hull are closing in on 23-year-old academy graduate Keane having seen his chances slip away at Manchester United since the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
Keane has previously enjoyed loan spells in with a series of Championship clubs but only found the net one in 20 appearances for Preston North End last year.
Keane was one of the most highly-rated young forwards to have come through the Manchester United academy in years, winning their Young Player of the Year award in 2010.
However, it never really worked out for him. A succession of loan spells at various Championship clubs yielded mixed results, and given the fact that he is now 23, the chances of him making an impact at senior level for the club seemed highly remote.
He now moves to a Hull side scrambling for players before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night. Goalkeeper David Marshall is also set for a medical with the club, while the Tigers have agreed a fee of around £12m for Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason as they look to pad out their threadbare squad.
As it is, they remain the only team in the Premier League yet to sign a single first-team player.