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Could Mirko Vucinic be set for a move to Southampton?

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Out-of-favour Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic is not training ahead of a late January move, but could Southampton be about to bring him in?

Mirko Vucinic is not currently training with the rest of the Juventus squad, after a meeting with manager Antonio Conte.

It has been agreed by both parties that it is within the interests of Juventus and Vucinic that the striker does not train with the club due to "being at the centre of possible negotiations".

It is thought that Juventus are keen on bringing Southampton tearaway Dani Osvaldo to the club, on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent transfer.

La Vecchia Signore could therefore offer Mirko Vucinic to Mauricio Pochettino's side, to quickly fill the void left by Osvaldo, and act as a sweetener to tempt the Saints into dealing with them.

Vucinic, 30, was due to join Inter Milan on loan last week, before a protest from Inter Milan fans stopped the deal. Fans of the Nerazzuri were unhappy with the fact that the deal would see Fredy Guarin depart the San Siro.

Vucinic is keen to pursue footballing opportunities elsewhere, after falling down the pecking order after the arrival of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

Whether he would consider a move to Southampton however, remains to be seen.

A four-month loan move could appeal to the Montenegrin, as a part of a loan-swap deal between Southampton and Juventus in order to resolve their respective issues with unsettled strikers.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino was confident on Tuesday night, informing reporters that the club would be doing some business in the next couple of days, before going on record to state that one player would be joining the club and another would be leaving.

The exit appears to be that of Dani Osvaldo, whose status within the Saints dressing room now appears impossible to repair, following his attack on Jose Fonte in training last Wednesday.

Osvaldo is currently serving a two-week ban, as imposed on him by Southampton Football Club.

TuttoSport claim that Vucinic may be crucial in convincing Southampton to allow Osvaldo to join them in Turin, rather than negotiating with Inter Milan, Fiorentina or Valencia, all of whom are said to be interested.

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