Pablo Osvaldo has turned down Southampton’s ambitious move, in favour of Europe League side Tottenham…
Roma’s Italian forward Pablo Osvaldo has turned down Premier League side Southampton, in the hope the Tottenham will secure his signature, reports the Daily Star.
The Saints made an ambitious £16m bid for the 27-year-old, but the striker has set his sights higher than Mauricio Pochettino’s mid-table side. The Serie A side accepted the offer, but the player was not prepared to even listen to their offer.
Osvaldo will only consider offers for Inter Milan or Tottenham. Spurs new director of football Franco Baldini worked with the Roma hitman last season, and has highly recommended him to Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas.
He scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, and has won nine caps for Italy. Spurs have already signed Roberto Soldado from Valencia for £26m this summer, but are looking to reinforce the squad as they could be shipping Jermain Defoe out of the club. Championship side QPR are heavily interested in the England striker, and manager Harry Redknapp is keen to reunite with the forward he managed during his stint as Tottenham boss.