Fulham have made an approach to sign Boro’s Italian striker Massimo Maccarone.

Boro will have to write off most of the massive record transfer fee of £8.15m which they paid Empoli four years ago if Maccarone was to move to Craven Cottage.

He was left out of the Boro squad for Monday’s game against Portsmouth and the reserves’ win against Wigan Athletic last night.

Massimo is in the final year of his Boro contract and will be able to leave for nothing if he stays here until next July.

Fulham will have to pay a fee for Maccarone, though it will not be a big one.

Many Boro fans will be sorry to see him go, especially as he was the hero of the UEFA Cup fightbacks against Basel and Steaua Bucharest.

Maccarone was a non-playing sub at Reading, but his chances at the Riverside this season could be strictly limited.