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 By Ben Gladwell

Spezia announce signing of free agent Alberto Gilardino

Alberto Gilardino spent the second half of the 2016-17 season with Pescara.

Alberto Gilardino has found himself a new club by joining Spezia Calcio, the Italian Serie B club announced on their website on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old forward, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, had been linked with a move to Crystal Palace, among other clubs, since being released by Pescara in the summer.

Napoli had also been reported to be interested when Arkadiusz Milik tore his knee ligaments last month, but Gilardino has instead agreed to join the Italian second division outfit.


Crystal Palace eyeing former AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino - sources

Alberto Gilardino's services are desperately needed by Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace are considering a move for former AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino to solve their goal scoring problems, sources in Italy have told ESPN FC.

New Palace boss Roy Hodgson is scouring the free agent market as he looks to add to his attacking options after losing No.1 striker Christian Benteke for at least six weeks with a knee injury.

Palace have failed to score a goal or earn a point from their opening seven Premier League games to leave them rooted to the bottom of the table, and...


Alberto Gilardino completes move to Empoli from Palermo

Alberto Gilardino said it was not his decision to leave Palermo.

Empoli have announced the signing of Alberto Gilardino from Palermo.

Former AC Milan and Fiorentina striker Gilardino, 34, has signed a two-year contract with the Serie A club.

A statement on Empoli's official website read: "Empoli announces that it has acquired outright the player Alberto Gilardino. The attacker has signed a contract until 30 June 2018."

Gilardino had joined Palermo from Guangzhou Evergrande last year and scored 10 goals to help the club avoid relegation.

He had posted a message...

 By Ben Gladwell

Alberto Gilardino to seal move to Palermo from Guangzhou Evergrande

Alberto Gilardino was a 2006 World Cup-winner with Italy.

Former Italy international Alberto Gilardino is set to join Palermo from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande on Friday, ending a summer of speculation about his future.

Palermo said on their official website that the 33-year-old had chosen to join them, with a statement reading: "Palermo announces with great satisfaction that we have signed Alberto Gilardino.

"The Rosaneri are delighted to welcome one of...

 By Ben Gladwell

Alberto Gilardino returns to Fiorentina on loan from Guangzhou Evergrande

Fiorentina have completed the loan signing of Alberto Gilardino from Guangzhou Evergrande, bringing back the striker who scored 59 goals for the club between 2008 and 2012.

Gilardino, 32, has signed a short-term contract with Vincenzo Montella's side running until the end of the season, with an option to then make the move permanent in the summer.

He will provide competition to Mario Gomez as the Viola face key Serie A, Europa League and Coppa Italia games in the final four months of the campaign.


 By PA Sport

Alberto Gilardino to join Guangzhou

Alberto Gilardino is among the top 15 goalscorers of all time in Serie A.

Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino has announced he has accepted an offer to join Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande after 14 seasons playing in Serie A.

The 32-year-old Italy international had been strongly linked with a move away from Genoa this summer with Guangzhou and Major League Soccer side Toronto FC keen to acquire his services.

Gilardino, who was under contract with Genoa until June 2016, scored 15 goals for the Grifoni in Serie A last season and joins the Chinese outfit in a reported five...