Swansea closing in on deal to sign Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi

Swansea are on the verge of signing Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi for around £8 million.

The transfer fee has been finalised between the two clubs and Paloschi, 26, has agreed personal terms with the Swans.

Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin says the former Italy under-21 international will complete the move when he passes a medical.

"He is coming and I hope he will score many goals,'' Guidolin said. "He was my player when we worked together at Parma and he will be important for us.''

Paloschi won 29 caps at under-21 level and started his career at AC Milan before moving onto Parma.

He had a loan spell at Genoa before joining Chievo in 2011, where he has since scored 42 goals in 144 Serie A appearances.

Swansea had made the signing of a striker their top priority in the January transfer window, with only bottom club Aston Villa having scored fewer goals in the Premier League.

"He is a good player and a good guy and he will help the team get better results,'' Guidolin said. "I asked Huw [Jenkins, Swansea chairman] to sign him for me.

"He said it was a possibility and I like him as a player. I think he is a modern player, he can play well in the Premier League because he is strong and links well.''

Paloschi's impending arrival in South Wales raises question about the future of Bafetimbi Gomis, who has struggled for game time in the last two months.

Gomis has been linked with a January move to Newcastle, but Guidolin said the forward still had a role to play at Swansea.

"There are a few days of the window left and Gomis is our player at the moment,'' Guidolin said. "I think he is a player who is important for us and right now he is my player.''

Guidolin also insisted that Andre Ayew would not be leaving the Liberty Stadium, despite reports linking him with a cash-plus-player move to Sunderland.

It is reported that Sunderland offered £10 million plus Fabio Borini -- a former Swansea striker -- for the Ghana international, who joined the Welsh club on a free transfer from Marseille last summer.

Ayew is Swansea's top scorer this season with eight goals and netted the winner in Guidolin's first game in charge -- the 2-1 victory at Everton last Sunday.

"Yes, he will be a Swansea player,'' Guidolin said. "He is important for us, he is a good player. He is too important for our team [to leave].''