Maccarone made to wait

05 January 2007 11:58
Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone could stay with the Teessiders until the end of the season, despite seeking an exit to gain regular first-team football. The 27-year-old former Italy international is keen to return home to Serie A, having struggled to make his mark during more than four years with Boro. However, Maccarone's agent, Paolo Fabbri, says that no offers have yet to present themselves. He said: "We haven't received any official offers either from Premier League clubs or any Serie A clubs. "There are several Italian clubs interested in Massimo, but no-one has come forward to make an offer. "I have a meeting next week with several Serie A clubs and we will see what happens, although I don't think the matter will be resolved until January 15. "The player is under contract with Boro until the summer and if a club was interested they would have to negotiate with Middlesbrough, although I don't think there should be any problems." Maccarone cost Boro £8.15million when he joined from Empoli in the summer of 2002, going on to net 24 goals from 102 appearances for the Riverside outfit.

Source: ESA