Manchester United forward Federico Macheda has agreed to join Italian side Sampdoria on loan.
Macheda has made just 12 first-team appearances for United this season, scoring once, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to let the 19-year-old leave on a temporary basis in order to gain regular action.
And Sampdoria have won the race with West Brom and Lazio to land the striker, with the deal set to be completed later this week.
Macheda 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 to 20 minute spells in games currently and that is not helping my growth. Ferguson is of the same opinion.
“In this regard, we are all happy because in six months' time, Manchester United will get a stronger player.
“I'm happy to go to Sampdoria. Genoa is a beautiful city and I am happy.
“Sampdoria was the club which really tried to take me. With Lazio, there was never anything concrete.
“I need to play regularly and I think this is the best choice, but nobody has assured me a place. I'll have to earn it.
“In Manchester, there was too much competition. Ferguson is a teacher, the best coach in the world and I'm sorry to leave him, even for a short period, but he also encouraged me to take this new experience.”