Livorno to land Tavano

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Livorno president Aldo Spinelli has confirmed the club are close to signing Francesco Tavano.

The striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Roma from Valencia and had indicated that he wanted to secure a permanent move to the Stadio Olimpico.

However, Valencia have accepted an offer of ‚é¼6million (£4million) from Livorno and Spinelli claims the deal is virtually done.

"The operation is 99 per cent complete," Spinelli told the Italian press.

"Only the formalities are missing, and the player will take his medical and sign when he comes back from holidays."

Tavano is expected to sign a four-year contract.