Date: 8th January 2015 at 12:59pm
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Burnley FC are celebrating their first deal of the January transfer window following confirmation they have now signed on-loan defender, Michael Keane on a permanent deal.

He joins them from Manchester United having agreed a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee. Media reports suggested yesterday that that fee could have been as high as £3 million, the asking price set by United.

Keane was due to complete his loan spell after the QPR game on Saturday amidst somewhat of a back four crisis at the club with central defenders, Jason Shackell, Michael Duff and Kevin Long all out injured at the moment and Ben Mee playing centrally rather than at left back.

The 21-year old England U21 international has now made 11 appearances for the Clarets in the Premier League and the FA Cup in partnership with captain Jason Shackell. He had not made a start until a calf injury sidelined Michael Duff nine games ago but since becoming a regular he has impressed and looks to be an excellent signing.

Commenting about his new signing, Sean Dyche said:

“Michael is a good young player and we see a lot of development in him as he`s on a good pathway at the moment and we`re delighted that he has decided to join us.”

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