Udinese claim Quagliarella

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Udinese have secured the full ownership of Fabio Quagliarella after outbidding Sampdoria in a blind auction.

The Italian striker, who has been linked with Manchester United, played for Sampdoria last season but was co-owned by Udinese.

The two clubs failed to resolve his situation by their deadline of 20th June, and were asked to present bids in sealed envelopes.

Reports in the Italian press suggest Udinese made a £5million bid for Sampdoria's 50 per cent stake in Quagliarella, approximately £600,000 more than their rivals offered.

"I am leaving an important club to join another great one," Quagliarella told Radio Radio.

"We mustn't forget that the Bianconeri were in the Champions League two years ago. I am flattered by the fact that they invested so much on me."

Quagliarella recently marked his first start for Italy with two stunning goals, and was reportedly the subject of a £10million bid from Manchester United last month.

Sampdoria may have lost his services but their disappointment will be offset by the arrival of Andrea Caracciolo on loan from Palermo.

The striker scored five league goals for Palermo last season and will be charged with the task of replacing Quagliarella.