Southampton enjoyed an excellent first season upon returning to the Premier League last year. Despite changing manager during the campaign, the Saints ended up 14th, comfortably clear of the relegation mire. Now the South coast outfit are looking to consolidate their position in the top flight. The club have reportedly identified Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo as a man who can help propel them up the table.
The desire for progress at St Mary’s has already been stated loud and clear this summer with the club shelling out £12.5 million on Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama. Croatian defender Dejan Lovren has also been drafted in. Now it seems that manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to spend another £15 million on the man born in Argentina. The manager is making no secret of his ambition having recently stated, “I think the sky is the limit”.
Reports seem to suggest that Southampton are closing in on the 27-year-old and the word coming out of Italy indicates that the clubs have agreed a fee. Osvaldo though, has yet to be convinced that his future lies at St Mary’s
If Pochettino does get his man it would represent a major coup for the club with the likes of Spurs, Fulham and Benfica all said to be tracking the front man. Osvaldo has shown over the last few years that he would be bringing a good pedigree to the Saints attack. The Italian international has scored 27 times in his 55 Roma appearances and also performed well in La Liga for his previous club Espanyol.
He could be exactly what is needed on the South coast as Saints definitely look light up front and you get the impression that without the goals of Rickie Lambert, last season could have been a whole different story. Osvaldo would provide excellent competition for the new England man or the two could possibly be paired together in a formidable looking front line. Looking at what Pochettino has currently available in terms of forwards it seems that if Lambert were to get injured the side could be struggling for goals.
Southampton fans are bound to be excited by the prospect of seeing the Roma man come on board but there is still clearly work to be done to make the move happen. According to reports in the Italian press, the player would prefer to play in London if he were to move to the premier League. Southampton representatives are said to be in Italy though looking to seal the deal so Pochettino has every right to be optimistic.
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