Southampton have completed the signing of the Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli for a fee of around £17m.
Manolo Gabbiadini improves Southampton’s manager Claude Puel’s options up front after Charlie Austin was ruled out with a long-term injury.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored three goals in 13 Serie A appearances for the Naples side so far this season and has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary’s.
Gabbiadini’s career began with Atalanta, where he made 26 appearances in all competitions between 2009 and 2012, while also enjoying a successful spell with Cittadella, in Serie B.
The Italy international has since gone on to represent Bologna, Sampdoria and Napoli in Serie A, making 160 appearances in all competitions for the three clubs.
In total, Gabbiadini has netted 58 club goals in 215 appearances during his time in Italy, while also winning six caps for the Italian national side, scoring once.
Speaking about his move to the club, Gabbiadini said: “I am very, very happy. Since I was a kid, one of my dreams was to perform in one of the biggest leagues in the world, so now that it’s happening I can’t wait to start playing.
“The facilities that I have seen here are an incredible level – top-level standards even for Serie A. These are the sort of facilities that make you want to come here and perform as soon as possible.”
Executive Director of Football Les Reed said: “We are delighted to have secured the signing of Manolo Gabbiadini, ahead of a number of other clubs who were interested in him.
“We have followed his progress for a significant amount of time and have worked hard behind the scenes to agree a deal for him this month.
“At the age of 25, we believe Manolo can play an important part in the remainder of the season, while still having his best years ahead of him.
“Claude Puel’s reputation for developing young players also makes this an ideal place in which he can take the next step in his career.
“With Jay Rodriguez, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond all in good form, and Charlie Austin making encouraging progress in his return from injury, Manolo is another exciting addition to our attacking line-up ahead of the final months of the season, as well as for future campaigns.”