Federico Macheda is on the verge of leaving Manchester United this January with a move to German side Stuttgart looking likely.
According to his agent Giovanni Bai, talks are already well under way with the Bundesliga side who currently sit in ninth spot.
Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, he said: “We are at an advanced point with Stuttgart.
“Negotiations are going well. He is a player who is liked by a lot of clubs. Two Spanish ones, for example, are looking to intervene.
“There are Italian sides too, from Siena to Bologna and others, but I think that Sir Alex Ferguson wants to send him to a foreign side outside of the peninsula [Italy].
“He’ll join a club on loan with the option to be signed outright as his contract expires in June 2014.”
A move away for Macheda looks all but confirmed with his agent also hinting that a permanent deal may be struck if it is successful.
Despite being Manchester United U21s top scorer this season, Macheda has had little impact at senior level. The 21-year-old has only had three appearances for the first team and has done little to suggest he warrants further chances.
Poor loan spells at QPR and Sampdoria done nothing to help him progress but a move to the Bundesliga could bring the best out of the striker if other ex-United strikers are anything to go by. Mame Biram-Diouf was much maligned at United but has taken the Bundesliga by storm, scoring 20 goals in just 32 appearances for Hannover 96.
At 21, Macheda has his whole career ahead of him and I do think it is in his best interest to move on from United. Ever since he scored that goal against Aston Villa at just 17, for which he will always be fondly remembered, he has failed to make a real impact. A move to the Bundesliga could be a way for him to kick start his career, so good luck to him if it happens.