Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner has been offered the chance to join Serie A side Genoa on loan this month but is still waiting for the green light from Old Trafford chiefs, according to the player's agent.
Buttner has made just six appearances in all competitions so far this season, failing to convince Red Devils boss David Moyes that he is a worthy long-term successor to Patrice Evra at left-back.
With United consistently linked with new faces in the Dutchman's position including Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw the full-back's agent has decided to speak out, revealing that he is likely to leave in January but only on loan.
The 24-year-old's representative Alexander Bursac told Tutto Mercato Web: "Moving to Italy? It is possible during the winter transfer market, but the deal obviously depends on the intentions of Manchester United. They are going to focus on the boy, so I only think the transfer can take place as a loan deal.
"I know that Genoa have made a request to Manchester United - I had contact with them and I think we can complete a loan deal.
"In the past I have also had contact with the leaders of Roma, but I am not aware of recent interest from them in my client."
Moyes has a tough decision to make over which direction to take for the long-term at United in a number of positions and left-back is no different, with Evra out of contract at the end of the season.
Buttner is currently waiting for United to make up their minds over whether he should remain in Manchester for the remainder of the campaign, although without an addition at full-back Moyes in unlikely to sanction any short-term switch.