The brother of Everton defender Michael Keane is set to join Manchester United next month to replace outgoing chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge.
Sportsmail understands solicitor Tom Keane, from legal firm Brandsmiths, is joining the Old Trafford club in a consultancy role from next month.
He is expected to take on some of the responsibilities vacated by Judge, the club’s director of transfer negotiations, who is leaving United this summer after handing in his resignation.
Keane will now play a significant role in negotiating transfers and contracts during what is expected to be a busy window for United following the appointment of Erik ten Hag as new head coach; with Frenkie de Jong and Pau Torres among the club’s targets.
Brandsmiths website reads: ‘In sport, Tom has vast experience in the football industry where he has become a trusted advisor and representative for household name players, managers and pundits.
‘His work for these clients includes negotiating high value transfers, contracts and endorsement agreements.’
Brandsmiths have headquarters in London and Manchester.
Keane is also listed on the website of player agency New Era Global Sports as an FA registered intermediary. The lawyer is also brother of former United player Will, who now plays for Wigan.
United are in the midst of revamping their transfer structure, part of which has seen Judge tender his resignation.
The Old Trafford reshuffle is being led by football director John Murtough, and Keane’s expected arrival is the latest important appointment.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Thursday United’s interest in departing Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards, who is also admired by Chelsea.