Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is believed to be close to signing Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on loan deal in the January transfer window.

Federico Macheda has found chances limited at Old Trafford, and it is thought that manager Sir Alex Ferguson would be willing to let him go on loan in order to improve his experience. Moving on a loan deal is something that is not new to Federico Macheda, as the Italian striker has already been on a loan move to Italy. However, it is thought that Sir Alex Ferguson would prefer a loan deal in the Premier League so that he is much more useful to Manchester United in the future.

Wigan Athletic took Tom Cleverley on loan last season and it proved to be a great spell for the youngster. Since replacing Paul Scholes in the middle, Tom Cleverley has been one of the most influential players for Manchester United and he was sorely missed in the 6-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Now, Alex Ferguson is set to adopt the same approach for Federico Macheda as well. It is thought that Federico Macheda would be spending six months on loan at the DW Stadium before returning to Manchester United at the start of the new season.

United have plenty of strikers on their books, with Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Diouf and Ashley Young all able to lead the line, and in good goalscoring form with has helped to shorten their Europa League betting odds.

“There is a long list. You need to understand, in our football club, when we want to bring a player in, there is a lot of work behind it and you need to go down to detail. At the moment, there are many names thrown in the market, as you can expect. Talking about players, I always find it disrespectful when they represent other football clubs,” Robert Martinez said after downplaying expectations that Federico Macheda would come to Wigan Athletic in the January transfer window.

Macheda could be tempted to stay at United if he is given a chance in the FA Cup, but with United given a tough draw its unlikely he’ll be used as much as he wants to be. With such a hard draw (against Liverpool at Anfield) its no wonder pundits are urging punters to bet on Sunderland to win the cup.