Southampton striker Osvaldo expected to return to Italy

Controversial Southampton striker Pablo Osvaldo is expected to return to Italian football by the end of the January transfer window, with Fiorentina, Inter and Juventus all interested in bidding for the player, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Osvaldo is currently on leave having been suspended for two weeks by Southampton after being involved in a training ground altercation with teammate Jose Fonte, during which he reportedly head-butted the Portuguese defender.

This incident came shortly after he became eligible to return to the Southampton match-day squad after serving a three match ban imposed by the Football Association for his part in a touchline melee which took place at Newcastle United in December.

The rest of the Southampton squad are said to be happy for the club to allow Osvaldo to leave. The 28-year-old became the Saints’ record signing in August when he arrived at the St. Mary’s Stadium from Roma for £15m, and he has since gone on to score three goals in 13 Premier League outings, without establishing himself as a first-team regular.

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