Maccarone confirms Boro exit
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Skysports.com can confirm that Massimo Maccarone looks set to head back to Italy, after Fiorentina's offer to loan him was accepted.
Middlesbrough have been looking to trim their forward line over the summer, following the acquisitions of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka.
Joseph-Desire Job penned a new deal earlier this summer, which meant Boro were looking to shed the wages of other players.
Top of their list was Slovakian Szilard Nemeth after they managed to offload Michael Ricketts to Leeds, while they were also believed to be considering possible loan bids for long-term injury victim Malcolm Christie.
However, there have been no bids received for Nemeth or Christie, which means the club have now decided to let Maccarone leave.
"I am very sad about leaving," Maccarone told skysports.com.
"I love Middlesbrough, the fans, the area and everything about it.
"I think I will be departing later this week, but I really do hope to be back and prove myself to everyone, especially the fans."
Maccarone's agent Paolo Fabbri also confirmed to skysports.com that a deal should be sealed later this week.
"We have a few more details to sort out with Middlesbrough," he confirmed.
"Then we need to talk with Fiorentina, but we hope to have the deal done within the week.
"Massimo knows this is a financial issue rather than a technical one.
"He wants to come back to England and I think that will be what happens."
The newly promoted Viola are looking to make a real challenge and see Italian international Maccarone as the perfect signing.
The Florence outfit would like to buy a part share of Maccarone - as is the case with many transfers in Italy - but Boro are only looking at a loan, and that seems the most likely outcome.