The German tabloid paper Bild has reported that the Manchester United striker Federico Macheda could be set for a permanent move to the German club Stuttgart. The Italian is currently on loan at the German club till the end of the season.

He arrived at Germany in January, and he has been impressive with his performance so far. Due to the fact that competition is high at Manchester United, it is highly unlikely that Macheda will be able to get first team spot at Old Trafford next season. As a result, the player is thought to be pondering a permanent move away from the club.

Even though Macheda is set to open his account for Stuttgart in the league, the player has already made six appearances for the team. The Italian striker made his debut for the team back in 2009, but he has since struggled of first-team opportunities partly because of his poor form and partly because of the presence of great strikers at the club. The arrival of Robin van Persie has only served to decrease his appearances. He has been unable to get even into the League Cup teams, which prompted the decision to move on loan. Now, it is thought that Stuttgart are keen on signing the striker, who has just over 12 months left on his deal.

This is not the first loan spell for Macheda, as the striker has already had loans spells at Sampdoria and QPR in the past. However, they have been unproductive loan spells because the striker once again spent majority of the season on the bench. The loan spell with Stuttgart, though, is turning out to be positive for the striker. After suffering four consecutive defeats, the German team finally managed to get a win under the belt that helped them move clear of the relegation zone.