The club president announced that the Japanese striker has now joined the Sicilians from Novara, where he was unable to prevent a swift return to Serie B for the clubCatania president Antonino Pulvirenti has expressed his delight in welcoming back Takayuki Morimoto to the club, as the Japan international returned to Sicily following a short spell with Novara.
The 24-year-old striker, who has been resident in Italy since 2006, scored four goals in 18 Serie A appearances as Novara finished in 19th place during the 2011-12 season and suffered relegation to Italy's second tier. He had previously been sold to the Piedmont outfit on a co-ownership basis, after five years with Catania.
Speaking on Friday, however, Pulvirenti affirmed that Morimoto would once more be a Catania player after completing a deal to purchase all of his transfer rights, also stating that he looked forward to welcoming him back to Sicily.
"We have always believed in [Morimoto], and we are delighted to be able to embrace him once more," the chief explained to reporters in a press conference.
Pulvirenti also revealed that Slovak goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky would move the other way to Novara, while remaining tight-lipped on the future of Pablo Barrientos. "Let's see," was his response to the press.
"We are in a difficult situation but we could still do it."
Morimoto has made a total of 10 appearances for Japan, scoring three goals.