Football: Southampton sign Osvaldo in record deal

Italy's Daniel Pablo Osvaldo (left) and Argentina's Federico Fernandez fight for the ball during their international friendly soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome Aug 14, 2013. Southampton broke their club record transfer fee on Sunday when th
Italy's Daniel Pablo Osvaldo (left) and Argentina's Federico Fernandez fight for the ball during their international friendly soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome Aug 14, 2013. Southampton broke their club record transfer fee on Sunday when they paid Roma £15 million (S$29.7 million euros) for striker Pablo Osvaldo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Southampton broke their club record transfer fee on Sunday when they paid Roma £15 million (S$29.7 million euros) for striker Pablo Osvaldo.

The four-year deal for the 27-year-old Argentina-born Italian international betters the £12.5 million Southampton paid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama in July.

He will now be reunited with Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino under whom he played during an 18-month spell with Spanish side Espanyol.

Osvaldo, who had also played in Serie A for Atlanta and Fiorentina, should be available for Saturday's Premier League game against Sunderland at St Mary's.

"Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Italy striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo," a statement on the club's official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk, said.

"Osvaldo today agreed terms on a four-year contract with Saints and moves from Serie A side AS Roma." Southampton won their opening match of the season at West Brom on Saturday, with a late Rickie Lambert penalty securing a 1-0 victory.