Mame Biram Diouf's exit from Manchester United is edging closer, with the striker currently in talks with Hannover 96 for a loan spell in Germany to be set until the end of the season.

Bild reported yesterday that Diouf was set to make a move to Germany, with three German clubs chasing the 24 year old while Wigan were still showing an interest.

And now Hannover sporting director Joerg Schmadtke has been spotted in England, and was supposed to see the Manchester United match-up with Liverpool, which was cancelled due to a frozen pitch.

"Yeah, right! I've just landed, bad luck," he told the German paper as news came through of the game being called off.

"The game was cancelled, because the place was frozen."

The sporting director admitted that the United hitman has been on Hannover's radar for some time now, spanning back to before he went to Old Trafford.

"It is fast, robust and straightforward," he explained. "We have had him in the pipeline since 2009, then we have endeavoured to sign him. He then went from Molde to Manchester.

"We have observed Diouf from then onwards."

Hannover manager Mirko Slomka backed up Schmadtke, telling media: "Joerg told me that this is a really good and very interesting player."

Diouf has struggled for first team appearances at United, and appears set for a loan spell following a disappointing performance from the youth players against lower league side Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup.

But he has continually starred for the reserve squad, and admitted last month that he would be interested in another loan spell, after playing for Blackburn, to continue to develop his skills and return to United ready for Premier League action.

The youngster has set the goal of following in Danny Welbeck's footsteps to become a regular starter for the Red Devils, and after Hannover's glowing review, Diouf could fit perfectly into the starting line-up of the Bundesliga outfit.
Diouf is one of many reserve stars to be planning a loan deal this transfer window, with Federico Macheda heading to QPR and Michael Keane widely favoured to move to another club as well.

Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison are also both said to be readying loan moves, but the pair are yet to sign contract extensions beyond the summer, and Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to shore up their commitment to United before organising deals away from the club.