Schmadtke: Diouf talks have begun

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Bundesliga side Hannover 96 have confirmed their interest in recruiting Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf.

The Senegalese striker's frustrating spell with United has seen him net just once for the Premier League champions since signing for the club in July 2009.

His first-team appearances this season have been limited to the Carling Cup and Hannover sporting director Jorg Schmadtke says talks have begun between the two parties.

"Both clubs, his agent and the player are in talks," he said.

"He is fast, resolute and runs straight at goal. We have been after him already some time ago, unfortunately he then moved from Molde to Manchester United."

Since making his Premier League bow against Birmingham City, Diouf has found his opportunities limited in the Old Trafford first-team.

The likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney still remain, while the signing of Javier Hernandez and promotion of Danny Welbeck has seen him slip further down the pecking order.

Diouf spent the whole of last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, where he made 30 appearances and scored six goals, including a hat-trick against Norwich City.

Diouf's move to United from Molde was met with great optimism upon his arrival, with fans hoping he'd have the a similar impact to that of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the last recruit from the Norwegian Champions.

It's yet unknown whether the deal for the 24-year-old is for a loan or permanent move.

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