10:31 Thursday 02 January 2014

Manchester United defender Michael Keane extends loan deal with Derby County

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

LOAN EXTENSION . . . defender Michael Keane will remain at the iPro Stadium after extending his loan deal from Manchester United LOAN EXTENSION . . . defender Michael Keane will remain at the iPro Stadium after extending his loan deal from Manchester United

MICHAEL Keane is set to face Premier League Chelsea in the FA Cup after Derby County extended the defender’s loan from Manchester United until the end of the month.

Keane’s initial loan spell was to end after yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat by Wigan Athletic in the Championship.

But Derby have moved quickly and reached an agreement for the 20-year-old to stay longer.

He is now available for Sunday’s sell-out televised third-round tie against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at the iPro Stadium.

Keane has started the last three games in place of injured skipper Richard Keogh.

“Manchester United have agreed that Michael can stay until the end of January and can play in the FA Cup. We will then reassess at the end of the month,” McClaren said.

Derby are keen to keep the England Under-21 international until the end of the season.

The Rams have also extended Zak Whitbread’s loan from Leicester City and they are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over signing attacking midfielder Simon Dawkins on a permanent basis.

Whitbread is fit again after a calf injury and the 29-year-old will stay until the end of the season.

“Zak has been great when he has played,” said first-team coach Paul Simpson.

“He has been really unfortunate injury wise but he is fit again now and he gives us great security at the back.

“We have got Richard Keogh out injured at the moment and Michael Keane has slotted in, Jake Buxton has been a rock for us at the back as well, so extending Zak’s loan gives us that left-sided centre-back option and we are delighted that he has agreed to stay with us.”

Dawkins has made 13 appearances during his loan spell and the 26-year-old has made an impact.

McClaren comfirmed Derby are negotiating with Tottenham over the size of the fee for Dawkins.

“Hopefully we can do a deal very soon to get him here,” McClaren added.

Derby are expected to complete the loan signing of 20-year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford once his loan with MK Dons has expired.

His final game for the League One club is due to be in their FA Cup tie against Wigan on Saturday.

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