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Manchester United transfer rumors: Italy U-21 international Federico Macheda set for Premier League loan?

It appears that Federico Macheda will be loaned out to a Premier League side.
It appears that Federico Macheda will be loaned out to a Premier League side.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda may be set for a Premier League loan, either to Newcastle United or Queens Park Rangers (QPR). Kiko's agent, Giovanni Bia, had this to say about the possible loan move:

"Macheda won't return to Italy. United will loan him out in the Premier League. At the moment, Newcastle have the edge on Queens Park Rangers."


This possible move would certainly make great sense for both player and the club. At the current moment, United almost have an embarrassment of riches at striker. Quite obviously, they have arguably the Premier League's best player in Wayne Rooney - who already has bagged five goals and provided an assist during United's first three league matches. In addition, with the concussion issues that Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has had to deal with in the season's infant stages, 20-year-old Danny Welbeck has emerged and fit like a glove in the Reds fast and fluid attack. Furthermore, last season's co-Golden Boot winner Dimitar Berbatov and the experienced Michael Owen sit above Macheda in the pecking order up front. 

With Macheda being 6th or 7th choice at United, a loan spell to either Newcastle or QPR should prove to be beneficial. While his time on loan to last season's Serie A side Sampdoria did not go well, a loan to another Premier League side appears to be a better move for his development. The U-21 international needs to look no further than around the Old Trafford dressing room for an example. Both Welbeck and Tom Cleverley returned from loans spells at Sunderland and Wigan Athletic, respectively, last season and each thrived with regular playing time. Each have not only come back to join United this season, each has also been instrumental to United's tremendous start to the current campaign as first-choice contributors. Kiko should find inspiration in that.