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Football: United's Anderson set for Fiorentina loan move

Manchester United midfielder Anderson is to join Serie A side Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season, the English champions' manager David Moyes said Friday.

MANCHESTER: Manchester United midfielder Anderson is to join Serie A side Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season, the English champions' manager David Moyes said Friday.

The Brazil midfielder, who arrived at Old Trafford from Porto in 2007, has made just eight appearances for the club this season and a mere four in the Premier League.

Moyes said he did not anticipate signing a replacement for Anderson during the January transfer window given the recent return to action of Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher, who has spent most of the past two seasons sidelined with a chronic bowel condition.

"We've not been able to get Anderson as many games as he'd hoped or we hoped we might get him so we feel it's a good opportunity," Moyes said of the player's move to Italy.

"He's going to a good club in a good league so hopefully it gets him some benefit."

Moyes added: "We didn't think Darren Fletcher was going to come back and if he did we weren't sure when it would be but he's been a breath of fresh air with the way he's played.

"He already knows the building and everything about this football club so getting Darren Fletcher back gave us one other player and he's done very well in the games."

United are currently languishing in an unusually low seventh place in the table, 11 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.

But Moyes said the fact he and his staff had been travelling round Europe this week, including taking in Juventus's 4-1 win over Cagliari, should not be taken as as evidence he was about to sign several new players.

"I just enjoy watching football all over the world," Moyes explained. I try to get to as many games and that's my style.

"I'm not always going to games to sign players, I'm sometimes just going for my own knowledge and watching what's going on, so I've done a little bit of globe-trotting over the last few days."

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