Hull City caretaker manager Nick Barmby has confirmed the club are in talks with Manchester United over a loan extension for Robbie Brady.
The teenage midfielder has impressed at the KC Stadium this season, but is currently due to return to Old Trafford at the end of the calendar year.
He has made 18 appearances for the Tigers and Barmby is hoping a deal can be agreed for the 19-year-old to stay with the Championship club.
However, Barmby is aware that Brady's performances during his time with Hull could have attracted the interest of other teams after he was linked with Sunderland prior to Steve Bruce's sacking as manager.
"We've been in dialogue with Manchester United over Robbie and we obviously want to do something and keep him at the club," Barmby told the Hull Daily Mail.
"But the thing is when you do well when you're out on loan there's obviously other clubs that will be alerted, and Manchester United can also call him back.
"That's not our decision because ultimately he's not our player, but we keep talking to Man Utd all the time.
"Robbie really enjoys it here. He loves playing with the boys and likes playing at the KC, but it's out of your hands as he's out on loan."