Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has defended his decision to send striker Darren Bent out on loan to Brighton.
Tranmere chairman Mark Palios claims to have turned down the chance to sign Ched Evans.
The 28-year-old from Pisa enjoyed separate loan spells with Catania and Chievo during the 2013-14 season and returns to Italy permanently to swell the ranks of the recent Serie B runners-up.
A statement published on Empoli's official website revealed the club possess an option to extend Guarente's deal at the Stadio Carlo Castellani by another year should they survive in the top flight.
The former Atalanta and Hellas Verona player will be presented to the media at 1500 BST on Wednesday.