Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


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Byline: Eric Paylor

Massimo Maccarone will become the first of Boro's eight strikers to leave the club this week.

Negotiations are progressing to complete a year-long loan for the pounds 8.15 record signing to join Italian Serie A side Siena.

Steve McClaren is happy to release Maccarone because he does not believe the 25-year-old will be good enough to threaten his top three strikers and force himself back into the side in the new campaign.

It means that Boro will continue to cut their losses on the Italian striker, with Siena likely to pay only a partial contribution towards Maccarone's Boro salary.

Maccarone is being allowed to stay in Italy while negotiations continue and is not taking part in Boro's training trip to the Algarve.

Even if the Siena discussions fails to reach fruition, Boro have other irons in the fire and Maccarone seems certain to end up in Italy next season.

Boro chief executive Keith Lamb said: "We are continuing our negotiations. Nothing has been agreed yet.

"We are talking about options, what is best for Massimo, Middlesbrough second.

"We are endeavouring to find the right club for Massimo and we are looking at all options.

"Nothing is done or dusted, but we have delayed Massimo's return here in the hope we can get something finalised."

Maccarone spent the final five months of last season on loan with Siena, after a similar loan spell with Parma was cancelled.

The Italian international did well for Luigi De Canio's Tuscan side, often coming on as an impact sub, and grabbing seven goals in their successful battle to avoid the drop.

Siena president Paolo De Luca said recently: "I personally want Maccarone and I'll try everything to keep him with us."

Despite Maccarone's impending departure, McClaren wants to keep a large pool of strikers for the new season. …

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