Boro open to Maccarone offers
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gareth Southgate has confirmed he will listen to offers for Massimo Maccarone.
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed he will listen to offers for Massimo Maccarone.
Southgate is preparing a clear-out at the Riverside and Maccarone is set to be one of several stars shipped out in January.
Maccarone is well down the pecking order at Middlesbrough and he is thought to be unhappy with his lack of action.
"I'm very conscious with Massimo that he's been here a long time and we've never really been able to give him the first-team football he wants," said Southgate.
"I've left it in his hands a bit. If he wants to stay and fight, then I'm absolutely delighted to have him here. But there will be change at the club and there needs to be change."
Maccarone's agent Paolo Fabri has admitted the striker could return to Italy with a number of Serie A sides monitoring him.
"A player of Massimo's quality deserves to be playing in Serie A," Fabri told the Sunday Sun. "I'm sure we can find a solution for him to show the height of his qualities.
"In short I have offered the player to (Torino president) Urbano Cairo. They're a big club with a great support.
"I am waiting for an answer. But there's also Siena; if (Erjon) Bogdani is sold, some negotiations could happen."
Southgate also revealed he hopes to bring in some new faces in the January transfer window.
"We're making enquiries and watching people, but we haven't put in any bids," said Southgate.
"I think it would be a boost if we could sign people next month.
"I think it would give us fresh impetus and give us more competition for places in all areas of the field."