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Osvaldo signs for Juventus

Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo signed for Juventus on Friday after successfully completing a medical with the Italian Serie A giants.

Osvaldo, who quit Roma last summer to sign for Southampton in a four-year deal worth a reported €15.8m joined the Italian champions on a free loan deal until the end of the season.

The deal with Southampton allows Juve the option to buy the player outright for €19m euros, payable over three years.

“Juventus have signed Pablo Daniel Osvaldo from Southampton Football Club on on a free loan transfer until the end of the season,” said a club statement.

“The contract provides for Juventus to exercise the right, before May 31 2014, to buy the player outright for €19m, payable over three years.”

Osvaldo’s return to Serie A has come as little surprise, given the Argentinian-born Italian’s turbulent season at the southern English club, for whom he has made only 12 appearances to date, scoring three goals.

Southampton recently suspended him for two weeks following a training-ground clash with team-mate Jose Fonte, while he was given a three-match ban by the Football Association for his role in a brawl at Newcastle United last month.

And, when asked if Osvaldo could play for Southampton again after the incident with Fonte, manager Mauricio Pochettino said:

“Your question answers itself, if you know what I mean; meaning no. It’s clear.”