FC Cologne are hopeful of securing a six-month loan deal for Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, according to reports in Germany says talkSPORT.

The 23-year-old Senegalese star enjoyed a stint on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season, but after returning to the reigning Barclays Premier League champions, has struggled to make the step up to the first-team.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has limited Diouf to appearances in the Carling Cup this term, and the player has since expressed an interest in leaving Old Trafford again on loan, in order to continue his development.

A selection of European clubs have been monitoring the player's progress, but it is Cologne - managed by Stale Solbakken who are favourites to land his signature.

Diouf's agent Jim Solbakken, is the brother of the Bundesliga boss, and will be central to agreeing either a temporary, or permanent transfer.

If a deal was to be agreed, the African ace would follow in the footsteps of former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic, who scored five goals in 13 appearances on loan at Cologne from the Red Devils, before sealing a permanent switch to CSKA Moscow in 2010.

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