Mame Biram Diouf is considering the possibility of a move to the Bundesliga, according to Hannover 96 director Joerg Schmadtke, with the Manchester United striker said to be very close to saying yes to a loan move to the German side.
Diouf has struggled for game time at Old Trafford since moving to the club from Molde in 2009.
Hannover admitted yesterday that the club have been interested in signing Diouf since before he moved to United, andSchmadkte was set to watch the hitman feature for the reserve side as they took on Liverpool before the game was cancelled due to a frozen pitch.
And now Schmadtke says that he has spoken to Diouf's agent, and the Senegal international is considering his options.
"There have been discussions with the consultant," he told Bild. "We have shared our thoughts. I am now waiting for a response."
Diouf has spoken in the past about wanting to head out on loan to follow in the footsteps of Danny Welbeck, who is now a regular in the United starting line-up after a successful spell at Sunderland.
And Hannover have made no secret of their wishes to sign the player for at least a loan deal, and possibly permanently, and while Diouf's agent is refusing to comment on the deal, the German paper is claiming that a €4 million purchase or lending fee could be on the cards in the agreement.
While Diouf has starred for United's reserves side, with the likes of Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov on their squad list, the English giants have chosen to send a few of their other strikers away to build up more first team experience.
19-year-old Will Keane has been connected with a possible loan move away from the club this month, while Federico Macheda, who scored the only goal for United in the side's shock loss to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup, has sealed a move to QPR for the remainder of the season.
And while Diouf said he was considering a move to Wigan at the start of the month, Germany could in fact be the place where he can show his worth on the pitch, with Hannover making it very clear that they believe in his abilities.