Manchester United transfer news: Mame Biram Diouf sold to Hannover

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Mame Biram Diouf of Manchester United looks dejected during the Carling Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on November 30, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United have agreed to sell Mame Biram Diouf to Bundesliga side Hannover for an undisclosed fee. The Senegal international arrived at Old Trafford in 2009 from Molde but failed to establish himself in the squad during his time there. Diouf spent the past season on loan to Blackburn Rovers and during the current season, he only found playing time during a few Carling Cup matches for United. The 24-year-old was never more than a fringe player in the United squad and his departure is both unsurprising and likely needed for his development as a player. Here is what Hannover manager Mirko Slamka had to say about his new player:

"I am pleased that we now have another alternative for our attack with Mame Diouf. We are now going to have to integrate him quickly so that he can help us with our upcoming challenges in the Bundesliga and the Europa League."

Source: Hannover96.de

Diouf is believed to have signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Bundesliga side -- one that would potentially keep him at Hannover until the summer of 2014. The loss of the attacker will have no impact on the United squad as he was rarely considered this season during Premier League play -- even during the recent congested holiday fixture list when Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to deal with a plethora of injuries to his side. Diouf has the physical attributes to have a long footballing career but further development is needed technically and in his tactical awareness before he can ever expect to make it at a big club. Nonetheless, I wish the lad well during his future endeavors.

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