Wolverhampton Wanderers are ready to offload Andy Keogh in the January transfer window, raising Leeds United’s prospects of securing the striker beyond the end of his loan.
Wolves intend to listen to bids for Keogh next month after allowing him to spend the first half of the season at Elland Road.
The Republic of Ireland international – a product of United’s youth academy – is out of favour at Molineux and made his intentions clear this week, saying: “I have unfinished business with Leeds. I love the club and in an ideal world I’d like to stay.”
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is also willing to facilitate a permanent move, admitting today: “If Leeds or someone else want to sign him then yes, I’d be prepared to sell him. He knows that. There’s no secret at all.
“It would be good for him because he’s another one who helped us get promoted.
“He’s not really featured in the Premier League so it makes sense for him to move on because he needs to be playing.
“He’s in their team, he’s playing for a great club, he’s getting regular football and he started his career there.
“I’m not a rocket scientist but I kind of thought he wouldn’t mind staying there.
“Andy’s been here for almost five years but he hasn’t really been involved in the Premier League.
“We’ve loaned him out and he’s for sale. That’s the way it is and if we can sell him, great.”
United manager Simon Grayson plans to discuss Keogh’s future with his McCarthy once the transfer window arrives, and Grayson admitted that an agreement which brings Keogh to Elland Road permanently would depend on United’s ability to finance the deal.
But the Leeds boss praised the 25-year-old’s contribution to a campaign in which Keogh has featured in all but two of Leeds’ Championship games. Asked about the possibility of retaining him, Grayson said: “It’s an option.
“Andy’s been very good for us. His workrate and his enthusiasm have been exceptional but there are other circumstances which dictate whether he can come or not. Can we or other clubs afford him? It’s something we’ll have to look into.”