Genoa striker Luca Toni has urged Sampdoria rebel Antonio Cassano to join him across town.

Cassano remains on the outer at Samp after a blow-up with president Riccardo Garrone.

Toni said: "It would be a big loss [for the Derby della Lanterna to be without Cassano].

"Anyway, given that I imagine Antonio would like to play it, he can try and call Genoa President Enrico Preziosi and come to play for us…"

When asked to comment on Toni's comments, Preziosi said: "It wouldn't be elegant of me to enter into this debate.

"They are facts that regard another club. But Cassano has shown himself to be mature and a champion.

"It seems unjust to me to speak about Cassanate again."