Genoa sign Flores, sell Sculli

MILAN - Genoa breathed new life into their strike force on Tuesday, signing Antonio Floro Flores on loan from Udinese as Giuseppe Sculli left for high-flying Lazio, the Serie A clubs said.

Floro Flores, who has scored three goals this season, will wear Rossoblu colours until June 30 when Genoa will have the chance to buy him outright.

The 27-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to inconsistent Juventus, but opted for Genoa, currently 13th in Serie A, where he is expected to lead the forward line.

"It was neck-and-neck between Genoa and Juve," Paolo Palermo, the player's agent, told Sky Italia. "But he preferred Genoa - they made him feel important."

Juventus, who lie fifth in Serie A, had been tracking the Italian after suffering a string of injuries to strikers including Fabio Quagliarella and Luca Toni, snapped up from Genoa earlier in the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old Sculli, who failed to score in four starts for Genoa this season, signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Lazio. The Rome club, four points behind Serie A leaders AC Milan, face city rivals Roma in the Italian Cup on Wednesday.