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Sampdoria director Doriano Tosi says he is looking forward to the arrival of new signing Mauro Icardi...

Sampdoria sporting director Doriano Tosi is eager to see what new signing Mauro Icardi can bring to the Blucerchiati.

Tosi has likened the former Barcelona player to star striker Giampaolo Pazzini, with the 17-year-old set to arrive at the club in the coming days.

"Icardi is a centre forward, like Pazzini," Tosi told Gradinata Sud in an interview. "We don't know where he will end up, but he has some quality characteristics to become a great player.

"We also know that Barcelona don't like using centre forwards, preferring to use support strikers. We will acquire his playing contract.

"Sampdoria's aim over the past few years has been to rely a lot on the younger players, winning matches with a youthful team. Now, we will see if we can incorporate some young players from the big European teams, as often there are many players who can't find game time at those clubs," he added.

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