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31/12/2013 11:44, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Loan stars wanted

Several managers in English league football are hoping to retain their Manchester United loanees following impressive performances in the first half of the season.

Defender Michael Keane (pictured) has made five appearances for high-flying Derby County since moving to Pride Park in early December, helping Steve McClaren’s Rams charge into second place in the Championship table as 2013 draws to a close. The former United assistant manager is keen to see the 20-year-old continue helping his side’s promotion push beyond the end of his current deal, which expires on 2 January.

"We have said that from day one and, hopefully, we can [extend the deal]," McClaren said. "He has proved his pedigree."

Michael’s twin brother Will is due to end his spell at Wigan after the New Year’s Day fixtures, as is fellow Red Nick Powell, who Latics boss Uwe Rosler hopes will extend his stay after scoring eight goals across domestic and European competition. 

"Nick is a player of real quality and I would be delighted if he is able to stay with us for the rest of the season,” said Rosler.

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark is equally hopeful that forward Jesse Lingard stays at St Andrews following the 21-year-old’s six goals in 13 starts. “I have said it before that I would love the lad to stay here until the end of the season. We all would. That’s something we have got to ask Manchester United and hopefully they would be receptive to it. He’s doing well, he’s progressing his career. Hopefully they can see that and will allow it.”

Ryan Tunnicliffe has appeared in all but one of Ipswich Town’s 23 Championship games so far, and with the Tractor Boys currently in sixth place manager Mick McCarthy wants the

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