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Official: Manolo Gabbiadini and Ivan Strinic sign contracts, complete transfer to Napoli

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The wait is over, and Napoli has officially completed their first two signings of the winter window.

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After what seemed like an interminable wait for official word, Napoli have officially announced the signings of Manolo Gabbiadini and Ivan Strinic. The announcements are Napoli's first pieces of business in the 2015 winter transfer window, a period which could be relatively busy for the club based on some of the rumors currently making the rounds.

Gabbiadini, 23, joins Napoli from Sampdoria, where he was co-owned by Juventus, for an €11 million fee that could rise to €13 with potential add-ons. Primarily a striker, Gabbiadini also has a fair bit of quality out wide, which is where he'll likely make his initial impression as a Napoli player, as depth is sorely needed behind Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon. Despite his relatively young age, he's already a full Italian international, having made two appearances for Gli Azzurri, the first of which was in 2012.

Strinic, 27, is a Croatian international and joins Napoli on a free transfer after his contract expired with Ukraine side Dnipro Dniproetrovsk. A left back was badly needed with Faouzi Ghoulam about to depart on international duty with Algeria for AFCON, and Strinic is good enough to potentially make that loss a very minimal one. He has 33 caps for the Croatian senior international squad, and has also made 33 appearances in European club competitions, thus bringing a healthy dose of experience to Napoli.

Both players will be available to Napoli for Tuesday's match against Cesena, though it shouldn't be surprising if neither is selected given that of the two, only Strinic has practiced with the squad and has only done so a handful of times. Both should be important members of the squad moving forward, however.