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Soccer: 'Bad boy' Osvaldo undergoes Juventus medical

Italy forward set to leave Southampton after bust-up

31 January, 16:07
Soccer: 'Bad boy' Osvaldo undergoes Juventus medical (ANSA) - Turin, January 31 - Italy forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo underwent a medical in Turin on Friday for a loan move to Juventus from Southampton.

The Argentine-born striker is set to leave the English Premier League outfit after being banned for two weeks for fighting with team mate Josè Fonte in training.

The incident consolidated the 28-year-old's image for being an explosive character. The player, who joined Southampton from AS Roma for a club-record fee of around 15 million euros in the closed season, sparked off a major touchline fracas in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United in December that saw him banned and fined 400,000 by the Football Association.

He was also suspended by Roma in 2011 for punching former team-mate Erik Lamela, reportedly for not passing to him, after a 2-0 defeat by Udinese.

Furthermore, he left the Rome club in acrimonious circumstances after refusing to take part in the awards ceremony after they lost to city rivals Lazio in the Italian Cup final and being involved in an angry spat with former coach Aurelio Andreazzoli.

The row cost Osvaldo a place in Italy's squad for last year's Confederations Cup and led Roma to let him go even though he was their top scorer last season with 16 league goals.

Osvaldo is hoping to get a fresh start with the Serie A champions, who are currently six points clear at the top of the table, in order to secure a place in the Azzurri's squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

But he may find it hard to usurp Juve's current striker pecking order and take a regular starting slot from Argentine Carlos Tevez or Spain forward Fernando Llorente.

He will also face competition for a place from Italians Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco, and Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic, unless Juve manage to offload someone before the January transfer window closes later on Friday. Juventus are reportedly set to pay Southampton 400,000 euros to have Osvaldo on loan until the end of the season, with an option for a permanent move with a transfer fee of 18 million euros.