Manchester United will make Tom Keane's role at the club permanent

EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United will make transfer specialist Tom Keane’s role at the club permanent… with legal expert to work under football director John Murtough ahead of Erik ten Hag’s first January window at Old Trafford

  • Transfer specialist Tom Keane is set to join Manchester United permanently
  • Keane served as a consultant as club spent a record £220million this summer
  • Keane will work under John Murtough as part of the club’s recruitment team 
  • The legal expert is the brother of United academy graduates Will and Michael

Manchester United are making transfer specialist Tom Keane’s position at Old Trafford permanent ahead of the January window.

Keane was brought in as a temporary consultant when United’s chief negotiator Matt Judge quit earlier this year, and he was a key figure in the club record £220million transfer spend over the summer.

United have now decided to bring Keane on board on a full-time basis as part of a revamped recruitment team working under football director John Murtough. United are also set to appoint a number of new data scientists.

Transfer specialist and legal expert Tom Keane is joining the recruitment team at Manchester United on a permanent basis

The brother of former United players Michael and Will, Keane is a respected sports lawyer with a wide knowledge of the football industry who specialises in the legal side of player contract negotiations.

It’s understood that he will give up his roles with Brandsmiths law firm and the New Era agency.

Keane will work under football director John Murtough(right) as the club prepares for their first January window under Erik ten Hag

Tom Keane’s brothers, Will(left), and Michael(right), both began their careers at United

United are unlikely to invest heavily in January after signing six players – Casemiro, Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Martin Dubravka – in the summer.

However, they could be in the market for a striker depending on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford, and may also buy a new right-back if Aaron Wan-Bissaka finds a new club.

Diogo Dalot has been ever-present in that position this season but will miss Sunday’s game at Fulham through suspension before he goes to the World Cup, meaning that Malacia is likely to switch from the left to deputise.

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