Osvaldo set for Friday morning medical after clubs agree terms

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Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is set for a medical in Turin on Friday morning, ahead of a deadline day move from Southampton to Serie A leaders Juventus.

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo will complete his transfer to Juventus imminently, reports reliable Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio.

Osvaldo, 28, will join the Serie A leaders on a loan deal until the end of the current season, at which point, the Italian giants may opt to purchase Osvaldo for a fee in the region of £15 million.

The hot-headed Italian has been serving a two-week suspension after an attack on Southampton defender and dressing room favourite José Fonte last Wednesday.

Osvaldo was set to return to the Saints line-up against Yeovil in the FA Cup, but the incident at the club's Staplewood training base meant that he was no longer permitted to have any first team involvement.

Ironically, Osvaldo had only just returned from a three-game ban imposed upon him by The Football Association, who also fined the former Fiorentina striker £40,000 for attacking Newcastle United goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman in the aftermath of Southampton's 1-1 draw at St. James' Park in December.

The away draw at Newcastle will prove to be Osvaldo's final appearance in a Southampton shirt.

During his spell with the ambitious south coast side, Osvaldo started nine games, coming off the bench in a further four. He scored just three times for the Saints.

His first goal was a low strike against Crystal Palace to secure victory for Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium, whilst his second was a close range header in the 3-2 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

Osvaldo's most notable contribution for Southampton was his majestic effort against Manchester City, in which he beat three defenders with sharp movement, before lofting the ball over the towering frame of Pantilimon. Southampton drew the game by a scoreline of 1-1.

His genius? Undoubted. His madness? Also undoubted.

He now returns to Serie A, after merely six months away.

Before departing the streets of Rome for a new start in England, Osvaldo had scored seventeen goals in his final thirty-one goals for AS Roma. Only two players scored more goals in the 2012/13 season.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it has once again proved to be the Italian international's hot-headed and confrontational nature that has led to his downfall and parting of the ways with Southampton.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and Osvaldo's former boss at Espanyol had believed that he could tame the wild character of Dani Osvaldo, but has admitted defeat.

His latest outburst seems to bring down the curtain on another chapter in his eventful career, a chapter which appears unlikely to ever be re-opened.

He will now sacrifice any hopes he had for Osvaldo in order to maintain club discipline and dressing room unity.

The Southampton players have been unanimously in defence of José Fonte, a stalwart of the club since his transfer from Crystal Palace in 2010, when the Saints were in League One.

Antonio Conte had been a keen admirer of Osvaldo for some time, with recent events encouraging the Juventus chief to reignite his interest in bringing Osvaldo to the bianconeri.

Juventus and Southampton came to agreement on Thursday evening over the conditions for Osvaldo's switch to the Old Lady. Now, the paperwork for the deal has been completed.

All that remains is for Osvaldo to pass a medical in Turin on Friday morning.

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