Genoa veteran striker Andrea Caracciolo has joined Serie A minnows Novara.

Caracciolo joins Novara on-loan after Genoa's capture of Alberto Gilardino from Fiorentina.

The centre-forward said: "I chose Novara because it is a club that has shown belief in me. In reality there are also few clubs as organised or structured as they are in Serie A, I think it is the right place for my revival.

"I come from a not-so-positive period with Genoa and I want to redeem myself. Survival will not be an easy target, but Novara can do it and I say this because I am the first to believe it."

The 6ft4 30-year-old developed the nickname 'L'Arione' - The Heron - for his ability in the air and for a unique goal celebration.

"Two qualities that I have always been recognised for in spite of my height are my speed and coordination.

"Of course I have to feel good physically to give my best , my body structure requires it. I will continue to live in Milan, with my wife and children."