Moyes ready to make Macheda move
Published 23:00 02/01/11 By David Anderson
David Moyes is ready to swoop for Manchester United striker Federico Macheda to solve his goalscoring problems.
The Everton boss desperately needs to boost his firepower with top scorer Tim Cahill away for the rest of the month at the Asia Cup and his strikers badly off colour.
Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to loan Macheda out for the rest of the campaign to get him games and the Italian Under-21 striker would be a natural fit for Moyes.
Macheda, 19, would like to move to Serie A and Parma, Fiorentina, Juventus and Lazio are said to be interested.
However United feel it would be more beneficial if the teenager continued is football education in the Premier League and Everton would be an obvious destination.
Moyes is restricted to scouring the loan market because he has no cash to spend this month and Macheda has already proved he can score goals in the Premier League.
He has managed four in 16 appearances, most of which have been from the bench, and he scored at Villa Park to inspire United’s dramatic comeback in November.
Moyes is also interested in Roque Santa Cruz, but the Paraguayan’s wages and Everton’s strained relationship with City make that deal complicated.
There are no such obstacles in the way of a loan move for Macheda and Moyes has the best relationship of any Premier League manager with his fellow Glaswegian Ferguson.
Moyes was non-committal when asked about his January targets and says he is keeping an open mind.
“You could ask me about lots of people and I would say ‘well maybe’,” he said. “But in truth I don’t know at the moment.
“We will try and look around and see what we can get. We’ve got to look to see who’s available on loan. There might be a lot of deals done, but they might not be done in the first week of January.”