Genoa strike Gilardino deal
World Cup winner heading for the exits in Florence
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: December 28, 2011 5:52pm
Alberto Gilardino: Set to join Genoa on a four-and-a-half-year contract
Genoa president Enrico Preziosi claims a deal has been reached which will see his club take Alberto Gilardino from Fiorentina.
It was expected that Genoa would swoop for a big-name frontman during the winter transfer window, with the club having made the acquisition of a new goal-getter their top priority.
Numerous names were thrown into the mix, with former fans' favourite Diego Milito, Roma's Marco Borriello and out of favour Juventus forward Amauri touted as the most likely targets.
Genoa have, however, made their move for Gilardino and say an agreement is imminent.
Preziosi claims Fiorentina are set to bolster their ranks with the capture of Catania striker Maxi Lopez, paving the way for World Cup winner Gilardino to head for the exits.
"Tomorrow (Thursday) the signing of Gilardino for Genoa will be made official," Preziosi told Sky Sport Italia.
"We do not yet have Fiorentina's signature on the deal, but there is an agreement in place and it will become official.
"To Fiorentina will go €8million (£6.7m), with the player signing a four-and-a-half-year contract.
"I think Fiorentina will take Maxi Lopez."
Gilardino has spent the last three years in Florence, while the 29-year-old has previously been a regular source of goals for Piacenza, Verona, Parma and AC Milan.