Tottenham could reignite their attempts to sign Roma Striker Pablo Osvaldo in the summer, after they failed to sign the 27 year old in January according to the Express.
Osvaldo, who was linked with a move to White Hart Lane in Harry Redknapp’s reign, has dismissed rumours that he was unhappy at the Giallorossi in January after missing the club’s tour to the USA. The Italian international told Sky Italia:
I have never said I want to leave. I stayed in Italy because I was ill and all the rumours created after this are without truth. I hope to remain in Rome for a long time.”
Even with Osvaldo coming out and saying this, Roma are looking to cut ties with the troubled striker, and here five things Spurs’ fans might need to know.
The striker has been impressive this season in Serie A when he is on the pitch, being the club’s joint top goalscorer and fourth overall in the league with 11 goals in 18 appearances. His goal scoring threat has increased this season, after it took the striker 26 games to reach 11 goals last season. The 27 year old’s goal to game ratio was excellent in Spain as well as Italy scoring 20 goals in 44 games for Espanyol.
Despite the prolific goal scoring, Osvaldo has had his disciplinary problems. He was sent off in the second game of the season in their 3-1 victory against Inter Milan and the latest episode came in their latest game, a 3-1 defeat against Samdoria. With Francesco Totti still on the pitch, Roma had a penalty to make the game all square in the 69th minute but Osvaldo took the spot kick and saw his tame attempt saved. Stand in coach Aurelio Andreazzoli disagreed with the choice of taker and the player was reprimanded by club officials. He has also been sent off for Italy this season, early in the second half against Denmark.
Osvaldo is an Argentine born Italian and has represented Italy seven times scoring three goals; two against Bulgaria and one against Armenia in World Cup Qualifiers. He made his debut in 2011 in the 3-0 win against Northern Ireland, after gaining Italian citizenship through a great grandfather.
At the age of 27, the Italian has had seven senior clubs in eight and a half years of football, which include Espanyol, Roma and Fiorentina.
Spurs might have to offer Roma at least 17 million for the striker, but with the lack of depth in the forward roles at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas Boas might will be willing to pay; it just depends if chairman Daniel Levy is as well, especially for someone who moves on so much.