Leicester City swoop for Manchester United starlets Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard
Leicester City are hoping to complete the loan signings of Manchester United duo Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard in time for them to make their debuts at Bolton tonight (8.0).
City boss Nigel Pearson has moved to bolster his squad ahead of the trip to the Reebok Stadium, and has again called on his contacts at Old Trafford to snap up defender Keane and midfielder Lingard, both aged 19.
Keane made the breakthrough into the United first team this season after being voted their reserve player of the year last term, and played in the Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea last week.
He represented the Republic of Ireland at under-17, 18 and under-19 level before opting for England, and can play at full-back or centre-back.
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Like Keane, Lingard was a member of United's FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2011 and, although he has yet to make his first-team debut, despite being named on the substitutes' bench this season, he has established himself in the reserves where he has been playing either as wide midfielder or in his preferred position just behind the main striker.
City have until three hours before tonight's kick-off to complete the signings, and the duo join a squad which features several former United players, such as Ritchie De Laet, Danny Drinkwater, Matty James and Ben Marshall.