Hoilett deal edging closer

The 21-year-old Canadian-born striker is out of contract in the

summer, but Kean remains hopeful he will agree new terms. A number

of Premier League clubs are understood to be keeping tabs on his

situation, as talks over a new deal have now been ongoing since the

start of the year. Kean, though, remains confident that Hoilett

will commit his future to the club, saying: “I believe that we are

even closer again. I know Junior wants to sign and I think

everything is almost in place for him to put pen to paper on a very

long contract. “That will be massive for us and to ensure that the

young players we are developing we can keep at the club. There will

always be interest when you get people of that ability. “The

percentage of improvement has been quite dramatic and we are

desperate to keep him. “The initial delay was length of contract,

which has been sorted. Then it was package, which has been taken

care of, and then a few minor things. “But it seems to have been

dragging on. It doesn’t help when his family are over in Canada but

I believe they will be over. “I don’t want to put a date on it

though because I thought it would be done weeks and weeks ago.”