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Monday 19 August 2013

Southampton sign Italy striker Osvaldo

Argentina-born Italy international agrees four-year deal with Saints after two-year spell at Roma

  • Osvaldo has agreed a four-year deal with Southampton. Photo: Southampton FC

  • The 27-year-old scored 16 Serie A goals for Roma last season

  • The Argentina-born striker has produced three goals in nine appearances for Italy

Southampton have boosted their strikeforce by signing Italy forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo from Roma.

"Mauricio Pochettino was the main factor for me as well as coming to an amazing league like the Premier League"
Pablo Osvaldo

The 27-year-old has agreed terms on a four-year deal with Saints after a successful two-season spell with the Giallorossi, where he scored 27 goals in 55 Serie A matches.

"My first impressions are that I'm very pleased to be here," Osvaldo told the club's website. "The stadium is fantastic and I can't wait to start training with my new team-mates."

Osvaldo started out at second-division side Club Atletico Huracan in his native Argentina, before moving to Italy, where he played in the second tier for Atalanta and Lecce. He experienced Serie A football for the first time in 2007 with Fiorentina and then Bologna, before teaming up with Mauricio Pochettino, now the Southampton manager, at Spanish club Espanyol in January 2010.

"A big factor for me was knowing Mauricio from beforehand as I knew him for a season and a half," added the striker. "I know how he works and I'm very pleased with that. I've known him for some time already, so that was the main factor for me as well as coming to an amazing league like the Premier League, and this club in general too."

After scoring 20 goals in 44 La Liga matches for Espanyol, Roma came calling and such was the impact of the forward, who qualifies for Italian citizenship through his great-grandfather, that he earned the first of his nine caps for the Italian senior side.

"England was always a potential destination after playing in both Spain and Italy so I hope I can perform well while I'm here and fulfil all of the goals that I've set out for myself in this season," continued the Buenos-Aires born forward.

"It's a very important year for me and I want to score a lot of goals in order to get into the Italian national side for the World Cup. I want to do well for the club in a personal sense but also a collective one by helping the club out as much as I can."

Osvaldo, who has scored three goals for Italy and most recently represented the Azzurri against the country of his birth country last Wednesday, is expected to be available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland at St Mary's Stadium.

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Key Points

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo completes switch to Southampton
  • Italy striker agrees four-year deal with Saints
  • 27-year-old hails 'amazing Premier League' and former boss Mauricio Pochettino