Nine years after departing the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Fabio Quagliarella is back with Sampdoria.
The 33-year-old has joined Samp on loan from Torino with the former obliged to make his stay permanent come season end.
In 16 Serie A appearances, the Italian international netted 5 times and could well line-up against Torino on Wednesday as the two clubs lock horns.
Delighted to welcome him back
A brief statement on their website read:
"President Massimo Ferrero and all at Sampdoria are delighted to welcome back to Sampdoria Fabio Quagliarella," the club announced on their official website.
The striker has been signed from Torino on loan with an obligation to buy.
The player, already with Sampdoria for 2006/07 managing 14 appearances and 14 goals - has chosen shirt number 27.”
Transfer somewhat invevitable
With Sampdoria losing star man and top scorer Eder to Inter Milan on Friday, in what was one of this mercato's longest will it won't it happen sagas, they were in desperate need of a quick fix.
Quagliarella himself was in hot water with Toro fans after seemingly apologising to hometown club Napoli after scoring against them in their recent match-up.
Furthermore, Giampiero Ventura's Torino had a little homecoming of their own as Ciro Immobile returned after failed spells in Germany and Spain with Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla respectively.
Maxi Lopez looked to be departing the granata but he rejected a move to Al Arabi.
Late swoop for Aquilani
Former Fiorentina midfielder Alberto Aquilani could well join up with the blucerchiati as per transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.
Di Marzio reported that talks between Sampdoria and Sporting Lisbon took place last week, presumably as Sampdoria we're expecting Roberto Soriano to depart sooner than the summer, with Inter being his widely reported destination. Aquilani has made a mere 3 starts for the capital club and could well be set for a return to the Italian top flight after not even a year away.