Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone is on the verge of quitting the Premiership to return to Italy with Siena according to his agent.
Maccarone, 27, has endured a miserable five-year spell on Teesside following his big-money move from Empoli.
The former Italy Under-21 international has scored just 24 goals in 102 appearances and is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
"We have undergone negotiations with Boro for the player's free transfer to Siena," his agent Paolo Fabbri is quoted as saying.
"There is an agreement with Siena and Maccarone could sign a three or four-year contract with them."
Meanwhile, Boro boss Gareth Southgate has reiterated his desire to keep Mark Viduka at the Riverside beyond the end of the current campaign.
The Australia international is also out of contract at the end of the season and has been the subject of interest from West Ham, but Southgate hopes to secure the striker to a new long-term deal.