Sampdoria snap up Lopez

  • Last Updated: July 11 2012, 9:37 BST

Newly-promoted Sampdoria have signed Argentinian striker Maxi Lopez on a season-long loan deal from Catania, subject to a medical.

Maxi Lopez: Set for Sampdoria loan move

The 28-year-old, who was also loaned out to AC Milan in January, had been linked with a move away from the Sicilian outfit this summer, with several Serie A clubs keen to acquire his services.

A statement from Sampdoria read: "An agreement between Sampdoria and Catania has been reached.

"The deal will be formalised once the player passes a medical.

"Maxi Lopez will move from Catania to Sampdoria on a temporary basis."

Lopez scored two goals in eight league appearances to help Milan finish runners-up in Serie A.

The South American had hoped to remain with the San Siro outfit on a permanent basis, but the Rossoneri outfit opted not to exercise the right to buy the player.