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Reports - Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini set to sign for former club Sampdoria

The Saints fan favourite is set to sign for former club Sampdoria according to Sky Sports

Sampdoria have fended off interest from the likes of AC Milan and Sevilla to sign Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini in the January transfer window Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Southampton striker is set to head back to former club Sampdoria imminently according to Sky in Italy [H/T Sky Sports].

According to the report, Gabbiadini will have a medical on Friday at the Genoa club before joining on an initial loan with an obligation to buy the striker outright for £10.75 million later in the summer.

Sky Sports also say Sampdoria will pay a further £450,000 if he meets an agreed goal target this season after his January move, as well as an additional £225,000 if the team qualifies for European football next season.

Gabbiadini is said to be travelling to Italy today to complete the January transfer window transfer. He reportedly had courted the interest of the likes of AC Milan and Fiorentina.

During his time at Sampdoria between 2013-15, Gabbiadini scored 19 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions. He is set to return to the club on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

For Southampton, Gabbiadini has found playing time restricted under former Southampton boss Mark Hughes. Under current Saints head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, Gabbiadini has made just one appearance as a substitute late on. He was left out of Hasenhuttl’s squad altogether for their 2-2 FA Cup draw against Derby County last Saturday.

Gabbiadini netted 12 times in 60 appearances during his time at Southampton. Quite the tail off after his blistering start to life on the South Coast.

It is thought Hasenhuttl can only bring players into the club in the January transfer window providing some of the existing squad leaves.