Striker Manolo Gabbiadini has completed a £12million move from Southampton to Sampdoria.
The 27-year-old joined Saints from Napoli in January 2017 and scored 12 goals in 60 appearances for the club, but forms part of the clearout as Saints look to remodel their squad.
After finding his role in the squad restricted, Gabbiadini has sealed a return to Italy
and the team he played for from 2013 to 2015, joining in a switch worth in the region of £12m.
'The most beautiful jersey in the world, the sea, the warmth of the people. How nice to be back here,' he wrote on Twitter.
New Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had last week outlined a departure for the striker was likely
, while citing a need to trim down his large first-team squad.
The former Leipzig chief also suggested Gabbiadini did not have the required skill-set he needs for his mode of play, and that the club would have to buy accordingly.
'The fact is our squad at the moment is too big and we have to sell players and he (Gabbiadini) is one other clubs are interested in, so it can be in the next few weeks or days, it can happen he would be transferred,' Hasenhuttl had said.
La maglia più bella del mondo, il mare, il calore della gente. Che bello essere di nuovo qui, @sampdoria
. Come se non fossi mai andato via. ????????? pic.twitter.com/EQoF4vsb2F
— Manolo Gabbiadini (@Mgabbia23) January 11, 2019
'We see there are a few problems we have in our squad, for my kind of football, for my philosophy in a few positions, I need more speed, more running quality, therefore we will need also new players.'
Sampdoria announced the news of Gabbiadini's return at midday on Friday, across their social media channels and official website.
The player was pictured holding aloft his new shirt in Sampdoria's trophy room, having been allocated the No 23.