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Stuttgart close in on Macheda loan

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda seems set to join Bundesliga side Stuttgart amid interest from a number of clubs across Europe.

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Federico Macheda has had limited opportunities this season

Macheda, 21, has made just three substitute appearances this season amid intense competition for places in Sir Alex Ferguson’s attack and he is due to be sent out on loan to further his development.

The former Lazio youth product has had disappointing loan spells with both Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers but he recently told his club’s official website that he was confident he could succeed if sent out again.

He said: “I had very bad luck with the loans but I think it helped me a lot. I think it helped me to gain experience in general. If I go out again on loan, I'm sure I will do well. I have been away two times already and, if it happens again,
I'd look forward to getting playing time because maybe I made some mistakes but now I understand. I will take the chances I will have.”

His agent, Giovanni Bia, has now revealed Stuttgart is Macheda’s most likely destination, although there is rival interest.

“We are at an advanced point with Stuttgart,” Bia said in an interview with Tutto Mercato Web on Thursday. “Negotiations are going well but 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. He’ll join a club on loan with the option to be signed outright as his contract expires in June 2014.”

The Italy Under-21 international has represented United on 34 occasions and netted five goals but has failed to make a single league appearance for the club since December 2011.

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