Coyle confident over Keane deal

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WIGAN Athletic are hoping to confirm the loan signing of Will Keane as Marc Albrighton returns to Aston Villa.

Owen Coyle says a deal is imminent for United striker Keane but confirmed the disappointing news that Albrighton had returned to his parent club.

Talking about Keane, he said: “I don’t want to sit here and announce anything yet but I would be very surprised if that is not concluded in the next day.

“I spoke again with David (Moyes) on Tuesday before they flew off to Germany and we’re both happy and very content.

“As I said before, the paperwork is there and that just has to be signed. As I say, I don’t want to get ahead of myself before he has actually signed but we are confident that will come to fruition.”

Albrighton’s loan at Latics ended today (Wednesday) and both Coyle and the player hismelf were hopeful of it being extended but that wasn’t to be.

“On the downside, I spoke to Paul (Lambert) and Aston Villa have recalled Marc Albrighton, who we had hoped to extend his loan, certainly to a minimum of January,” added Coyle.

“He’s been a great lad, I can’t speak highly enough of him as a lad and as a player so much so that as he was leaving he came into train, that’s how much he has 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 he will be as a frustrated as the rest of us because we know he certainly made an impact at Wigan Athletic and would have continued to do so, so that’s something we would have to look at in the coming months.”