Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano has welcomed the prospect of signing permanently with Sampdoria.

Cassano said: "If Sampdoria are saying they believe in me, well that's terrific. I haven't spoken to my agent, but I think if we can all make sacrifices then something can be agreed."

Samp chief Beppe Marotta also said: "The boy has indicated he's prepared to take a pay-cut and stay with us. He has shown a great willingness to stay."