Doncaster Rovers: Macheda ‘on verge of deal’

Federico Macheda takes his seat at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday to watch Doncaster draw 0-0 with Huddersfield Town.
Federico Macheda takes his seat at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday to watch Doncaster draw 0-0 with Huddersfield Town.
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Federico Macheda is thought to be on the verge of sealing a loan move to Doncaster Rovers.

The Manchester United outcast was at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday to watch Doncaster draw 0-0 with Huddersfield Town.

Post-game, Rovers boss Paul Dickov, who made an enquiry for the 22-year-old last month, refused to comment on Macheda’s presence.

But, according to Star sources, the young Italian striker is thought to be close to agreeing a temporary switch to the Keepmoat Stadium in an attempt to kick-start his stalled career.

Macheda burst onto the scene at Old Trafford, scoring in his first two appearances to help the Red Devils secure the 2009 Premier League title.

But he has hit the net just twice in the last three seasons, a barren spell which has included unsuccessful loans at Sampdoria, QPR and Stuttgart.

Macheda has been frozen out at United and he is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this season.

His potential arrival at Rovers would intensify competition for places in attack and a deal could even be completed for him to make his debut at Watford tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Dickov praised his side’s performance in Saturday’s entertaining stalemate in West Yorkshire.

“The majority of our play was probably the best we’ve played this season,” he said.

“Our performance in the first half especially probably deserved all three points.

“As a unit, from front to back, I thought we were really disciplined.”