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Southampton splash out on striker Osvaldo

Published: Sunday 18 August 2013, 21.28CET
Southampton FC have broken their transfer record to sign Italian international striker Pablo Osvaldo from AS Roma on a four-year deal for a fee in the region of €17m.
Southampton splash out on striker Osvaldo
Pablo Osvaldo joined Roma in 2011 ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 18 August 2013, 21.28CET

Southampton splash out on striker Osvaldo

Southampton FC have broken their transfer record to sign Italian international striker Pablo Osvaldo from AS Roma on a four-year deal for a fee in the region of €17m.

Pablo Osvaldo has completed his move from AS Roma to Southampton FC for a club-record fee approaching €17m.

The Italy striker, who scored 27 goals in 55 Serie A appearances for Roma, has penned a four-year contract with the Saints and follows the arrivals of midfielder Victor Wanyama and defender Dejan Lovren.

Osvaldo, 27, began his career with CA Huracán in 2005 and joined Atalanta BC less than 12 months later before spells at US Lecce, ACF Fiorentina and Bologna FC. It was not until 2010, under Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, that Osvaldo came of age, hitting 20 goals in 44 league appearances during an 18-month stay at RCD Espanyol.

The Buenos Aires-born forward has been capped nine times by Italy, scoring three times since making his debut against Northern Ireland in October 2011. Southampton made a positive start to the 2013/14 Premier League campaign on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion FC courtesy of newly-capped England forward Rickie Lambert's last-gasp penalty.

Last updated: 05/09/13 10.17CET

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