Manager phonecall reportedly helps Southampton beat Tottenham to £17.5m striker


Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is widely reported to be joining Southampton from AS Roma in the Italian press.

This afternoon Tottenham Hotspur ran out 1-0 victors against Crystal Palace, with the goal coming from Roberto Soldado.

Now it was not exactly a vintage performance, because, in a large part, because of the performance of the newly promoted team.

In fact, were it not for an unfortunate handball from Dean Moxey, the likelihood is that Palace would have held out for a 0-0 draw.

Spurs need more strength in the attacking third, and this morning reports continued that they were in talks with AS Roma, about bringing in the Giallorossi’s top goal-scorer from last season - Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.

The controversial Italian international was signed by new Spurs sporting director Franco Baldini, for Roma, in 2011. Despite that the pair did have their moments whilst working together in the Italian capital - which is why some possibly considered it an odd move from Spurs.

He is certainly a divisive figure. Recently he has been the subject of a torrent of abuse from Roma Ultras. This came over comments made after the Coppa Italia Final defeat to bitter rivals Lazio at the end of last season - and he has since been hoping for a move away from Serie A.

But don’t worry Spurs fans, you won’t have to worry about how Osvaldo might affect the club, as he looks set to become Southampton’s problem.

According to reports in Italy, plenty of them as well in leading publications, The Saints have convinced Osvaldo to come ply his trade on the South Coast.

The forward previously played under Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol - in what was a very successful spell for both parties. And according to the reports from the boot peninsula, a series of phonecalls, likely in Spanish, have convinced Osvaldo to come and give Southampton a try.

It would be a massive U-turn on reports from last week, that Osvaldo was not even considering Southampton as an option - but with his suitors limited, he is now expected to join The Saints for a fee in the region of £17.5 million.

Can Osvaldo fire Southampton into the top ten?

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