Federico Macheda has confirmed he is closing in on a loan move to Sampdoria and is hoping a spell in Serie A will further his development.
The Manchester United striker has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford this season after bursting on to the scene with a number of crucial goals as Sir Alex Ferguson's side clinched the 2008/09 Barclays Premier League title.
Ferguson decided the 19-year-old needed regular playing time and Sampdoria appear to have emerged as his destination after edging out his former club Lazio in the race to take Macheda on loan until the end of the season.
The Italy Under-21 striker told Gazzetta dello Sport: "There are still a couple of faxes (to be sent) but sometime between Wednesday and Thursday I will be in Italy.
"I am only playing 10-20 minute spells in games currently and that is not helping my growth. Ferguson is of the same opinion," he said.
"In this regard, we are all happy because in six months' time, Manchester United will get a stronger player."