Newcastle have turned down the offer to take Federico Macheda on loan from Manchester United, with the north-eastern club preferring to step up their chase of Nicklas Bendtner, according to the Evening Chronicle.
After Andy Carroll departed St James’ Park for Liverpool in January, Alan Pardew has been on the look out for a striker to fill the void in the squad.
And Newcastle have been connected to numerous forwards this summer, including Shane Long, Mevlut Erdinc and Mladen Petric. While Erdinc looked close to a deal with the club, the lure of Champions League football at Paris Saint Germain has kept the star in France.
But Bendnter, a 'more senior option', has recently come up as a possible target for Newcastle, and now that the club believe they may get hold of the €11 million striker, they have reportedly turned down United’s offer for Macheda to head to the club on loan.
Macheda has been signed to United since 2008, but the 19-year-old has only made 16 appearances for the club in that time. After spending 2011 on loan at Serie B side Sampdoria, the youngster faces a tough fight for a place on the first team at United, with Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen all ahead of him.
But Newcastle reportedly want to find a more experienced player who can make an immediate impact on the side, particularly with Jose Enrique exiting the club for Liverpool today.
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