Forza Wanderers! Western Sydney sign Italian marquee marksman

The Western Sydney Wanderers’ quest for a striker has ended with the signing of Federico Piovaccari as the club’s international marquee for the 2015/16 A-League season.

The 30-year-old Italian has experience in some of the top leagues in European football including Liga 1, La Liga, Serie B, Lega Pro and the group stage of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League.

In all he has made almost 300 appearances in all competitions scoring 84 goals.

Piovaccari has spent the past two seasons with La Liga side SD Eibar and Liga 1 side Steaua Bucharest on loan from Sampdoria.

He was released by Sampdoria at the beginning of this month.

The Wanderers were shorn of firepower after Tomi Juric, Nikita Rukavytsya and Kerem Bulut were all released at the end of last season, and the club's CEO, John Tsatsimas, said the Italian ticked all the boxes they were looking for in a marquee.

“What we have in Federico is a proven goal scorer who has performed consistently at the top level including in the UEFA Champions League, Serie B, Liga 1 and La Liga,” Sampdoria said.

“At 30-years-of-age and coming off a season in one of the top leagues in world football I believe we have brought in a player who will complement our team and our style with a real attacking threat.”

Piovaccari said he was excited for him and his family for the opportunity to play for the Wanderers.

"I'm really happy and can't wait to start this new challenge in my football career, I know it's going to be a wonderful experience for me and my family,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Club and Chairman for this opportunity, I'll do everything in my power to pay back their faith in me… Forza Wanderers!”