Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has completed his third summer signing with former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda arriving in Wales on a free transfer.
The Italian striker, 22, who has not been offered a new deal by Manchester United and was available as a free agent, was in the Welsh capital for talks with Solskjaer, who knows Macheda from his time as Manchester United’s reserve team manager.
A promising career once looked destined for the the ex-Lazio trainee when he scored a spectacular winning goal on his Manchester United debut in April 2009. However, that proved to be the highlight of Macheda’s Old Trafford career. The forward’s last appearance for United came in 2011 and he has spent much of the past four season on loan, including two spells this season in the Championship with Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City, managing 13 goals in 33 appearances across both loans.
It’s a move that presents Macheda with the opportunity to resurrect his career in England, and with no transfer fee to be paid presents a fairly low risk deal for Cardiff, whose attack Solskjaer has begun in earnest to strengthen.
Cardiff have already confirmed the signings of Spanish striker Javi Guerra and Austrian attacking midfielder Guido Burgstaller from Valladolid and Rapid Vienna respectively. The Welsh club have also had a £3 million bid accepted for Bournemouth’s 22-goal striker Lewis Grabban, although talk of that deal has cooled in the past week or so.
Solskjaer has identified Cardiff’s lack of firepower last season as a key factor in their relegation from the Premier League and has no doubt set his sights on attacking the Championship next season. With the likes of Fraizer Campbell, Kenwyne Jones, Joe Mason, Nicky Maynard and Jo Inge Berget also on the Bluebirds’ books there will be no shortage of attacking options next season.
Meanwhile, Cardiff have moved to distance themselves from reports of a £1 million bid from Leicester City for striker Fraizer Campbell. The club have insisted they want to keep Campbell and it is believed there have been talks between the former England U21 international and the Cardiff about his future, with the player reportedly keen to activate a relegation release clause if Premier League clubs come knocking.
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