LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton looks dejected after defeat in the penalty shoot out during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Southampton at The King Power Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Southampton have reached an agreement with Italian Serie A club Sampdoria for the transfer of striker Manolo Gabbiadini.

Gabbiadini joined Southampton in June 2017 from Napoli for a fee of £14.6m but has struggled to perform consistently for the Saints.

During his 18-month spell at the club, he managed to score just 12 goals in 60 appearances.

Under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, the 27-year-old has made just one appearance, as a substitute, and was eager to leave.

AC Milan, Fiorentina, and Real Betis were all reportedly interested in his services, but he has decided to return to Sampdoria, where he played for two years before joining Napoli.

“Southampton Football Club can confirm that Manolo Gabbiadini has completed a permanent move to Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee,” read a statement in the club’s website.

“Everyone at the club would like to thank Manolo for his efforts during his time at St Mary’s and wish him the very best for the future.”