Coyle agrees loan deal ‘in principle’

Will Keane, who is set for a loan move to Latics
Will Keane, who is set for a loan move to Latics

OWEN Coyle is hoping to tie up a loan move for a striker in the next 24 hours.

The Latics boss says a deal has been verbally agreed for a young centre-forward, believed to be Manchester United’s Will Keane.

Coyle stopped short of confirming the name of his target but revealed it is someone he has been a big admirer of for some time and it was his understanding that a deal is on the verge of going through.

“Everything is agreed in principle, verbally, but until we get that signed , I’m very reluctant to give any name,” he told the Evening Post.

“I’m always reluctant until everything is concluded to commit myself but we are very close to getting that concluded – I am very hopeful of that.

“It’s a young player who is an exciting player, a striker who I’ve watched for a number of years and I’m a huge admirer of.

“It will certainly add to the squad, we want to make sure that we have a squad that will cope with the demands of the set of fixtures that are in front of us.”

Keane, who plays at Manchester United alongside twin brother Michael, is an England under-21 international.

The 20-year-old was very highly rated by Sir Alex Ferguson and was handed his debut two years ago in the League Cup.

However, he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury which ruled him out of the whole of last season.

Keane spoke at the weekend, declaring himself fit and saying he has still got “the knack for scoring”.

Coyle will certainly be hoping he can show that ability and push Grant Holt and Marc-Antoine Fortune for a starting place.

The pair combined well against Yeovil 10 days ago when the latter scored the only goal of the game.

It was the first time Latics had found the net on their travels since Barnsley in August. Coyle has rued his side’s misfortune though and believes that luck will change.

“One of the things is that we’ve not been ruthless enough,” he admitted.

“We’ve dominated every game. Do we have a lot of luck? No, because the number of times we have hit the woodwork has been incredible.

“I think we had six cleared off the line at Yeovil, it was incredible. What we’re showing is that we’re dominating games, creating chance upon chance.

“Somebody is going to be on the end of three, four or five very soon. The goal will give Marco good confidence after some outstanding play from Grant Holt.

“If we had gone to Yeovil and won the game three or four nil, it would have been a fair reflection on the dominance.

“This was a team that had turned up there having played in Kazan in Russia on the Thursday.

“The players have been an absolute credit to themselves but what we must do now is come out of the international break and start the way we have finished and use that momentum to push forwards.”