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Fiorentina secure Larrondo on loan

Fiorentina confirmed Friday the club has signed striker Marcelo Larrondo on loan from Siena with an option to buy at the conclusion of the season.

The 24-year-old, who has been limited to just three appearances this season, joined Siena in 2009 and helped the Bianconeri earn promotion from Serie B during the 2010-11 campaign.

Larrondo figures to bolster Fiorentina's attack as the club looks to gain ground on Serie A leaders Juventus.

Fiorentina sits in fifth place on 35 points from 20 matches, 10 points behind Juventus, but just seven points off the pace of third-place Lazio for a Champions League qualifying position.