Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is eyeing Manchester United striker Kiko Macheda.

The People says Sir Alex Ferguson, Big Eck's former boss at Aberdeen, was a major supporter of his fellow Scot's move to Villa from Birmingham - and that friendship could help McLeish land United striker Macheda.

McLeish needs to replace Ashley Young, John Carew and Nigel Reo-Coker with Old Trafford striker Macheda a possibility.

The youngster spent last season on-loan at Sampdoria.

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