Even Celtic don't want to sign this Manchester United striker

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has denied reports his club are poised to sign Manchester United forward Federico Macheda at the end of the season.

As reported by the Daily Express, Lennon said there was no truth in stories linking the United striker to Celtic Park.

Macheda has been available for the past few transfer windows - he's barely had a look in at United since 2010 - but the club have so far failed to find a club willing to take him.

After breaking into first-team set-up in stunning fashion back in 2008, the Italian was tipped for stardom at Old Trafford.

But he's made just 18 Premier League appearances since his match-winning goal against Aston Villa, scoring four goals in total.

He's had loan spells at Sampdoria, Queens Park Rangers, Stuttgart, Doncaster Rovers (twice) and most recently Birmingham City. All of those temporary switches have occurred since 2011.

But, apart from his recent good form at St Andrews, Macheda has struggled for goals everywhere he has been.

And Lennon clearly wants nothing to do with the United forward.

"There is nothing in that story at all," Lennon said. "We have been aware of his availability over previous transfer windows but have not pursued that. You never say never but it is just wild speculation at the minute."

Macheda is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, with David Moyes able to call on the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.

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