• Massimo Maccarone in Serie A action for Empoli in April (Getty Images)
Brisbane Roar's search for a marquee frontman could be over with reports from Italy saying the A-League club is poised to announce the signing of veteran striker Massimo Maccarone.
Source:
AAP
17 Jul 2017 - 1:11 PM  UPDATED 17 Jul 2017 - 1:11 PM

Multiple reports from Italian media suggest Maccarone has accepted an offer from the Roar and is expected to arrive in Australia in the coming days to finalise his contract.

The two-time Italian international will be 38 by the time the new A-League season begins but is coming off a reasonably strong Serie A campaign for Empoli, scoring five goals in 28 games.

Roar coach John Aloisi is seeking two more import players to complete his squad - a striker and a winger - as he overhauls a new-look Brisbane attack that will be without Jamie Maclaren, Brandon Borrello, Thomas Broich and Tommy Oar.

Maclaren rejected $35,000 weekly wage in UK to plump for Germany
Australia striker Jamie Maclaren put progress before pounds Stirling when he signed for second tier German club SV Darmstadt 98 last week, walking away from a $35,000-a-week offer from the English Championship to ink a deal for less than half that figure.

Maccarone fits the bill neatly as an experienced forward with an eye for goal, as well as a potential mentor for rising teenage talent Nick D'Agostino, who is highly rated by the club and will play an increased role in the first team after Maclaren's departure to Germany.

Nicknamed 'Big Mac', Maccarone has almost played his entire career in Italy, apart from a five-season stint with Middlesbrough in the Premier League, where he came to be regarded as a cult hero.

He scored more than 100 goals across three stints with Empoli, while also representing AC Milan, Sampdoria, Palermo and Parma in his 20-year professional career.

Brisbane Roar is yet to respond to a request for comment.