Baggies target Macheda loan

Di Matteo reveals interest in Manchester United striker

Macheda: Available for loan move

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West Brom are hoping to sign Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on loan.

"He's a striker, we are after a striker and we have to look at whether Manchester United will let him join us."

Di Matteo on Macheda

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Baggies head coach Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed his interest in signing the 19-year-old on a temporary basis this January.

Di Matteo was initially interested in acquiring the services of Macheda for a spell at the start of last season.

There is much work to be done before any possible switch to the Hawthorns for Macheda goes ahead.

But Di Matteo admitted: "Macheda is someone we looked at right at the start of last season.

"He's a striker, we are after a striker and we have to look at whether Manchester United will let him join us."

Di Matteo has also been linked with Aston Villa's John Carew who has slipped down the pecking order at Villa Park.

Injuries to defenders Pablo Ibanez (hamstring) and Steven Reid (knee) during Saturday's 2-1 defeat against United mean Di Matteo is also considering adding in that department.

Jonas Olsson is still sidelined with an Achilles injury while Gabriel Tamas is only one game into a three-match ban.

But Gonzalo Jara will return after a one-game suspension for the clash at Fulham.