Catania have confirmed the return of Takayuki Morimoto from Novara and indicated that they intend to keep hold of him this time.
The Elefanti have confirmed today two transactions in place with newly-relegated Novara, with the resolution of Japanese striker Morimoto’s co-ownership seeing him return 100 per cent to Catania, whilst the Piedmont outfit take goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky from the Sicilians.
Morimoto spent last season at Novara, netting four times during a campaign that was interrupted by a recurrence of a serious knee injury.
However, despite concerns over his fitness and his struggles in his previous spell with the club to break into the first team, Catania has welcomed him back.
“We have always believed in Morimoto,” President Antonino Pulvirenti told a Press conference today.
New sporting director Sergio Gasparin then spoke of other deals in development.
“We think the co-ownerships with [Davide] Lanzafame and [Mirko] Antenucci will go to the envelopes, provided that an agreement in the next few hours is not reached and as you know, some situations are often unlocked at the last minute.
“[On the contract renewal for] Pablo Barrientos? We are in a delicate position, we are working on it.”
Unresolved co-ownership deals go to a silent auction process today to determine full ownership.
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition  - £11,000 to be won monthly!