Ex-Manchester United starlet set for Championship return

Federico Macheda looks set to sign for Cardiff City, despite interest from Birmingham City.

The 22-year old broke onto the scene in 2009, scoring on his debut to secure a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa as Manchester United won the Premier League title.

Despite an impressive run of early career form, the former Italian under-21 international struggled to make a further impact at Old Trafford, with a series of unsuccessful loan spells to Italy and Germany following.

Macheda spent the 2013/14 season on two separate loan spells at Championship clubs, with Doncaster Rovers and then Birmingham City acquiring his services. The youngster scored three goals whilst at the Keepmoat Stadium, before an impressive return of 10 goals in 18 appearances for Birmingham helped secure the Blues final-day survival in the second tier.

Despite hopes for a new contract this summer, the Red Devils announced that Macheda had been released from the club, although it has not taken long for a list of potential suitors to express their interest in the youngster.

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark expressed his desire to retain Macheda having been impressed by his goal scoring ability. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, following a 3-1 victory over relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers - in which Macheda netted twice - Clark praised the natural talent of the youngster.

He said: "You can help those lads by giving them good training sessions, but you can’t coach that. It is a natural instinct being a striker.

“I was lucky enough in my career to play behind some of the best and, you know, they have just got this knack of being in the right place at the right time."

Despite his interest, a potential deal will surely be unlikely, as Birmingham are still in the midst of a takeover. The Hong Kong based parent company are still deliberating over which bid to accept, and this lack of funds means that the club are missing out on a host of Bosman signings.

However, for the player, a deal could still be on the cards - although with a different club. Recently relegated Cardiff City - managed by Macheda's former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - are reportedly close to completing a deal according to the Mirror. A medical is all that is reportedly left to be completed, as the former United hero looks to build a team to instantly return to the Premier League.

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