We knew that a few weeks ago, there were reports that Alex Ferguson had offered Newcastle’s Alan Pardew, Manchester United striker Federico Macheda as a loan deal.
Federico Macheda – option on season long loan
But there’s news today that Newcastle are back in for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga, but that depends on Sochaux bringing in a suitable replacement, and they are in advanced talks with Leeds United’s Max Gradel.
We have to hope that both those deals go through, and we think Modibo would be a great acquisition for Newcastle. But if that doesn’t go through Newcastle may well go for the Italian U21 International striker, on a season long loan.
Macheda was signed by Manchester United in September of 2007, shortly after his 16th birthday, and his family relocated to England with him.
Macheda has played 27 times for the Manchester United first team and scored 4 goals, and we suppose if Newcastle cannot get Maiga, then Frederico would be a decent acquisition on loan for the season, to bolster Newcastle’s attacking options.
As you would expect, Newcastle are making no official comments on any of their transfer dealings, but if the news today is to be believed, then Newcastle are giving Davide Santon of Inter-Milan a medical, having agreed a fee with the Italian club and terms with the player.
And a surprise to us is that Newcastle seem about to announce the acquisition of 25 year-old Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot, as Newcastle’s third senior goalkeeper, and we have to assume Pardew wants a third experienced goalkeeper in for the season.
But that cannot be too encouraging for 20 year-old goalkeeper Ole Soderberg at Newcastle.
Davide Santon is right footed and can play on either side, and even started his career as a winger, so there’s still a chance – a hope really – that Newcastle could also sign either Erik Pieters or Aly Cissokho, with Danny Simpson rumored to be delaying on signing a new long term contract at Newcastle.
But things are starting to look up a little on Tyneside, and certainly it seems Santon will sign soon, assuming he passes his medical.