Osvaldo undergoes medical for deadline day switch to Juventus

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Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has joined Serie A leaders Juventus on loan until the end of the season, just hours ahead of the 11pm deadline.

Juventus will shorltly complete the deadline day signing of Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, who has joined the club on loan from Premier League side Southampton, until the end of the current season.

As part of the conditions of the loan deal, Juventus retain the right to purchase Osvaldo for a pre-agreed fee worth an approximate £15m.

The Italian international joins the bianconeri after a controvertible spell with the Premier League outfit.

Osvaldo scored three goals in just thirteen appearances for Mauricio Pochettino's side, with all three of his goals coming at the club's home stadium.

The catalyst to Osvaldo's departure has been the well-famed lack of discipline which has dogged his career.

The tipping point for Southampton came last Wednesday, when the fiery forward head-butted and punched team-mate and key dressing room figure José Fonte, leaving the Portuguese defender with a black eye and damage to his nose. 

The switch seems him link up with Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Sebastian Giovinco in the Juventus striking department.

Osvaldo is thought to be keen to prove his worth to national team manager Cesare Prandelli in his home country, ahead of the selection of the Italy squad to compete at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Juventus are currently six points clear at the top of Serie A and face Inter Milan at the Juventus Stadium on Sunday night.

Southampton meanwhile see Osvaldo depart with the club in 9th place in the Premier League, just five points behind 8th placed Newcastle United, who lost Yohan Cabaye to PSG in the latter stages of the transfer window.

Southampton travel to Fulham tomorrow, with Rickie Lambert braced for a return to the Southampton fold, after a spell out with a hamstring problem.

Osvaldo is expected to be in contention for Juventus's trip to Hellas Verona on Sunday the 9th of February.

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