Southampton announce signing of forward Pablo Osvaldo

Paolo Bruno

Italian international Pablo Osvaldo moves from Roma to Southampton on a four year deal, reportedly worth £15m.

Southampton announced Sunday that they have completed the signing of Pablo Osvaldo from Italian side AS Roma. The Italian international was born in Argentina but spent the majority of his senior career in Italy, with stints at Atalanta, Lecce, Fiorentina and Bologna prior to a year and a half spent in Spain with Espanyol. Osvaldo returned to the peninsula in August 2011 and spent two seasons with Roma.

Despite scoring 27 goals in 55 league appearances for the giallorossi, Osvaldo's time with the club was far from a happy one. The forward is known for his disciplinary problems, collecting two red cards in his first season with Roma and often falling out with whomever was standing on the sidelines guiding the team. Last season, Osvaldo also made the interesting decision to punch teammate Erik Lamela in the face, earning him a fine and suspension from the club.

It's difficult to imagine how well this signing will go in the Premier League, where referees are less apt to let things slide than they are in Italy. But hey, likely some goals for Southampton!

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