Monday August 15 2011
'Genoa just missing Gilardino'

Former Genoa defender Claudio Onofri is keeping his fingers crossed that the club sign Alberto Gilardino.

The Fiorentina striker has been paired with the Grifone this summer and a deal is reportedly on the horizon.

"Gilardino can give something extra to an already competitive side," the ex-defender told Radio Sportiva.

"This team is just missing a centre-forward and Gilardino would guarantee at least 15 goals a season.

"He'd be the cherry on the cake for a side who could have a very satisfying campaign."

Gilardino, valued at €15m, joined the Viola in 2008 from Milan.

In 105 Serie A games for the Tuscan side, he's netted 46 goals – that's an average of 15 a campaign.