Last Updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:50
Southampton are being linked with an ambitious £17million swoop for AS Roma's Italy international striker Pablo Osvaldo.
The 27-year-old, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but qualified for Italy through his family, has played under Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino for 18 months during his time in charge of Spanish Primera Division outfit Espanyol.
However Osvaldo was sold to Roma for £15million in 2011 and enjoyed a good season last term as he scored 17 goals in 31 appearances at the Stadio Olimpico.
But things turned sour for Osvlado at the end of last season when he reportedly insulted Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli after their Coppa Italia final defeat to rivals Lazio and subsequently stormed off down the tunnel without collecting his runners-up medal with his teammates.
It resulted in him being left out of Italy's recent World Cup qualifying matches and the Confederations Cup as punishment and left a cloud of uncertainty over his future.
But it appears Pochettino feels he can control Osvaldo's outbursts and get the best out of him which could prompt a record transfer bid from the Saints in this transfer window.
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