BOLOGNA SIGN DEFENSIVE DUO

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BOLOGNA have won the race to snap up two defenders - with Fiorentina's Pasquale Padalino and Marcello Castellini from Sampdoria agreeing four-year-deals with the club.

Padalino makes a return to a club he knows well after five years in Florence with The Viola - snubbing overtures from French giants Marseille, who thought they were close to bringing the powerful defender to Le Championnat.

Napoli's Castellini has been a key defender for Sampdoria but has become frustrated by the side's inability to win promotion to the top flight from Serie B and ends a three tenure in the club with the move.