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Keane eyes United trio

PUBLISHED: 13:59 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:58 06 July 2010

SIR Alex Ferguson's decision to transfer list three prospects from Manchester United has got a raft of clubs scrambling to land at least one, including Blues boss Roy Keane

The £10m-rated trio, striker Frazier Campbell, midfielder Darron Gibson and defender Danny Simpson, are all available after being told by Sir Alex that they can find other clubs.

SIR Alex Ferguson's decision to transfer list three prospects from Manchester United has got a raft of clubs scrambling to land at least one, including Blues boss Roy Keane

The £10m-rated trio, striker Frazier Campbell, midfielder Darron Gibson and defender Danny Simpson, are all available after being told by Sir Alex that they can find other clubs.

While Campbell, who was on loan at Spurs last season, at around £5m and wanted by Premier League clubs Hull City and Birmingham City is probably out of Town's reach, full back Simpson could be a more realistic target.

The 22-year-old was on loan with the Blues last year but went to Blackburn Rovers last season without making a real impact in the 20 appearances he made.

Simpson had eight outings for the Blues at right back, with David Wright switching to the left side, and Town looked at landing him on a season long loan.

Newcastle United have been linked with the £1m-valued Simpson but they have to thin out their squad before taking in new players.

Gibson, who netted the only goal in the Premier League champions final day win at Hull City, is wanted by newly promoted Wolves but his £4m price tag and desire to stay in the top flight could make him a difficult target to land.

Keane has made it clear he intends to bring in players and could be ready to off load one or two of his contracted stars to make way for a new influx.

Sunderland trio Paul McShane, Daryl Murphy and Carlos Edwards along with QPR defender Damien Delaney, are also on his hit list.

The Blues boss believes the Town squad will have to deal with the raised expectations brought about by his arrival, the cash available from owner Marcus Evans and the high of a three game winning streak at the end of the last campaign.

He said: “We will have to deal with the expectation levels but expectation should come from within anyway, not so much from outside sources.

“There were levels of expectation here last season when money was spent on the squad, but throwing money around doesn't guarantee success anyway.

"It's about having the right environment, the right mentality - and having a little bit of luck along the way as well, which the club didn't have at the end of last season with all the injuries.”

But Keane does not under-estimate the challenge with the three relegated club buoyed by a £10m parachute payment and the unsuccessful play-off challengers.

Keane added: “We have to look at improving on last year, that's why I have been brought in. I'm quietly confident we can have a good season, but it's going to be tough.

“It's a very competitive league, the Championship, and with clubs the size of Newcastle and Middlesbrough in there next year, and West Brom, who know how to win promotion, it's going to be a big challenge, but maybe we can surprise a few people."

Keane is still waiting to hear back from midfielder Liam Trotter who has been offered deals by Ipswich and Scunthorpe but is away on holiday now after playing in a Wembley play-off final.

While there is no real rush his contract runs out at the end of the month and Keane is making plans for pre-season.

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