Manchester United starlet Davide Petrucci is heading to the Championship, with reports suggesting that Charlton Athletic have completed a loan deal for the player.

According to The Daily Express, the 22-year-old midfielder has been signed by the Addicks until the end of the season and could be available for their daunting trip to promotion-chasing Derby County on Saturday.

Former Italian Under 19 international Petrucci joined Manchester United from Serie A outfit Roma in 2009. While he appears to be well-regarded, however, he has not yet managed to make an appearance for the Premier League champions - something partly due to a succession of injury woes.

Petrucci has been sent away from Old Trafford on loan before. In January 2013, he moved to Peterborough United for the final months of their Championship relegation campaign, scoring once in four league appearances for Darren Ferguson's side.

Manchester United - now managed by the rather hapless figure of David Moyes, of course - were also content to see Petrucci leave the club on a temporary basis once again last summer. Initially, he joined Belgian Second Division outfit Royal Antwerp on a season-long loan, but eventually left a team managed by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after being recalled in January.

Now he joins a Charlton side who are facing a desperate battle to avoid relegation back to League One.

After parting company with fan's favourite Chris Powell in March with the club - who reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this season only to be toppled by Sheffield United - rooted to the foot of the table, new owner Roland Duchatelet subsequently appointed fellow Belgian Jose Riga as manager.

Sitting 21st in the Championship table with 13 fixtures remaining, Charlton can at least be suitably buoyed by the fact that they have up to three games in hand on most of their relegation rivals.

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