New York Red Bulls boss responds to links with Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo

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The MLS club have been rumoured as a potential summer destination for the much-maligned striker.

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has rubbished rumours linking the club with a move for Southampton misfit Dani Osvado.

Marsch was speaking to bigapplesoccer.com following a report from Argentine publication Ole which claimed that the MLS club were lining up a move for the on-loan Boca Juniors striker.

The Red Bulls are still on the hunt for more attacking firepower after seeing former captain and talisman Thierry Henry retire in the winter but, when it comes to potential targets, the 29-year-old Italian international is not someone on their radar.

“Who is that?” Marsch said, before having the Osvaldo links explained to him in greater detail. “Osvaldo, I know who that is. He was at Roma.

“I saw him play at Roma with Michael Bradley.

“Yes, I know who that is. There's nothing to comment on,” he added. “The fact that I didn't know the player I think should be telling.”

Osvaldo first joined Southampton from Roma in August 2013 for £12.8 million but scored just three goals in 13 appearances before falling out of favour for his part in a touch-line brawl at Newcastle United and a training ground bust up with teammate Jose Fonte.

His off-the-field antics have since forced the Saints to loan him out on three separate occasions to Juventus, Inter Milan and now Boca, where the Argentine-born forward has managed to keep out of trouble for the most part.

After scoring six times through his first 13 games, Boca would be keen to sign him to a permanent deal but, with the Buenos Aires-based outfit lacking the financial clout, the three-time capped Italian instead looks set to depart when his loan expires on June 30.

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