Inter step up interest in Southampton man

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Italian press reports state that struggling Inter have redoubled their efforts to sign Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.

Inter's disappointing season continues with a 1-0 defeat to Lazio and the Nerazzurri are reportedly turning their attentions to Southampton's Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in the search for reinforcements.

New Inter owner Erick Thohir hasn't enjoyed a honeymoon period in charge of the club and is expected to go in search of some new faces to assist coach Walter Mazzarri.

A number of top players are said to be on Inter's radar but the name of Osvaldo has recurred frequently over the last month.

According to Tuttosport, Inter have become frustrated with the difficulty in trying to sign Tottenham's Erik Lamela and Chelsea man Juan Mata and may move for Osvaldo instead.

Lamela was always likely to be a long shot given the vast sum Spurs paid for him last summer and a permanent deal for Mata seems to be beyond Thohir's finances too.

But Osvaldo could be a more realistic immediate target and the Turin-based newspaper insists Inter are ready with an offer to take the Italian international on loan with the right to make the deal permanent for £12.4m at the end of the season.

Osvaldo hasn't had the best of times at Southampton but enjoyed something of a return to form in December. However, he is set to miss three games after receiving a ban for a touchline brawl during the game with Newcastle United after a late Morgan Schneiderlin challenge.

There have been suggestions that the explosive talent is keen to return to Serie A where he has spent most of his career and made his name at Roma between 2011 and 2013.

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