Southampton record signing also set for Italian exit

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Former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino paid over €15m last summer for striker Pablo Dani Osvaldo to secure his services from Roma, FourFourTwo report he is now set for Inter Milan.

Dani Osvaldo scored 27 Serie A goals in 55 games for Roma which meant the fee commanded was high and along with that came high hopes for the Italian striker. Making his debut in August 2013 he played 13 times and scored 3 Premier League goals in the first half of the last campaign but failed to settle and moved back to Italy on deadline day in January 2014. Juventus had to option to buy him for €19m during his loan spell but after 1 goal in 11 matches he failed to impress.

Osvaldo is known as a bit of a maverick and when he failed to report for pre-season training current Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, confirmed he was for sale. Inter Milan are thought to be offering Algerian midfielder Saphir Taïder as part of a swap deal to bring Osvaldo to the San Siro.

Koeman has work to do to bolster his squad following a number of departures: Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana to Liverpool, Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Calum Chambers to Arsenal.

By Gareth Thomas | August 1st, 2014