Saints make €20m bid for star, with Tottenham also reportedly interested.
Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo has turned down the opportunity to move to England, having rejected an offer from Southampton.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport as reported by football-italia.net, the Premier League outfit made a €20m bid for the services of the Italian international, but were rebuffed by the player who is believed to want a move back to Spain, or to stay in Italy.
Despite continuing his impressive scoring rate, the 27-year-old had problems off the pitch with the Giallorossi, falling foul of the supporters and coaching staff after publicly criticising former boss Aurelio Andreazzoli and having issues with fellow team-mates.
Speculation suggests that Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino specifically requested the star after their time together at Espanyol, but it appears as though the player isn’t interested in a switch to the Premier League.
Osvaldo has also been paired with interest from Tottenham, who are looking to bolster their attacking options for next season as they eye a place in the Champions League.
Andre Villas-Boas is already on the verge of adding Brazilian midfielder Paulinho to his squad, and it is believed when that deal is wrapped up he will switch his attention to address the shortage of strikers in the squad.
However, after being dropped by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli for his attitude off the pitch, it remains to be seen where he will find himself next season as his troubles off the pitch may put off any other interested parties.