Rovers have completed the loan signing of Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on an initial one month’s loan.
The Italian has reported for training at Cantley Park this morning and could be set for his Rovers debut at Watford tomorrow night.
Macheda watched Rovers’ goalless draw at Huddersfield Town on Saturday from the directors’ box at the John Smiths Stadium.
And today he penned a temporary switch as he looks for a secure future with his contract at United in its final year.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov said: “We’ve got him for an initial month with a view to extending it to the 93 days which is the maximum we can do.
“I think it’s a massive coup for this club.
“His record over the last couple of years is slightly misleading because he’s been at a couple of top clubs but not necessarily went there and played.
“I know from speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes that he’s a top quality player and he’s a finisher.
“He’s different to what we’ve got. Technically he’s very good, he can hold the ball up, but we want to get him in the box because that’s where he’s at his best.”
The 22-year-old has effectively been frozen out at Old Trafford despite looking set to become United’s next wonderkid when he burst onto the scene in 2009.
Macheda came off the bench as a 17-year-old to net winners in successive games for United, including a last minute stunner against Aston Villa that truly brought him to the public’s attention.
His first start for the club at the end of that season was his only league start to date but he has been named in the first XI for four cup games.
Macheda’s last appearance for United came last December, coming off the bench in the Champions League defeat to FC Cluj.
He has had loan spells with Queens Park Rangers, Sampdoria and Stuttgart where he spent the last five months of last season but failed to force his way into the starting line-up.