Mame Biram Diouf
Diouf is mulling over a move to one of up to seven clubs. REUTERS

Hannover are facing competition from French outfit Brest in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, with the 24-year-old still deciding where his short term future lies as the January transfer window winds down.

Diouf was said to be fielding interest from Hannover, with the Bundesliga club confirming they have been chasing the Senegal international for some time.

"We have been after him already some time ago, unfortunately he then moved from Molde to Manchester United," club general manager Jorg Schmadkte told Bild.

"Both clubs, his agent and the player are in talks."

But now Diouf claims that as he considers both his short and long term future at United, the hitman is fielding interest from France as well as Germany for a possible move in the next two weeks.

"I have many contacts, but nothing is done yet," he told Sky Sports.

"Brest can be interested, but I have a contract with Manchester United until 2013."

Diouf has struggled for starts for the first team at United, but he has been given the chance to shine for the reserves squad, alerting Hannover and Brest to his possible availability.

Sir Alex Ferguson has made clear his intentions to loan out his fringe players this season, particularly after the side endured an embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup.

Ferguson admitted that his younger and less experienced players weren't of the fitness level required for the Premier League, and revealed that he planned to send them out on loan to gain that fitness.

Federico Macheda is now at QPR until the end of the season, while deals for Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison, once they sort out their contract situations, look likely.

And while Diouf has already been on loan to Blackburn, he believes that if he can impress in the second half of the season, the former Molde star can follow in the footsteps of the so far successful Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck's loan spell at Sunderland took the striker to new heights at United, and now the 21 year old is a regular starter for the squad.

And Diouf believes that if he makes the right decision over a temporary club, he can also stake his claim amongst the likes of Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney in the front line.