Southampton have failed in their bid to land Roman bad boy Pablo Osvaldo, with the Italian striker rejecting the club because of its stature. The Saints had a 16 million pound bid for the 27 year old accepted by AS Roma, only for the player himself to turn down the move.
Osvaldo is quite clear he wants to move to a bigger club so that his ambitions of representing Italy in the upcoming World Cup are not affected, and his primary targets according to reports in the Daily Star are Inter Milan and Tottenham.
It is believed that Spurs have the edge should they wish to sign Osvaldo due to their links with Roma through their current Technical Director Franco Baldini. With Emmanuel Adebayor clearly on the chopping block and Jermain Defoe being linked to a host of clubs including a reunion with former Manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers, it is quite likely that Spurs will need to bring in at least one more striker to complement new signing Roberto Soldado up front.
Should Spurs buy Osvaldo it would take their spending this summer in excess of 75 million pounds.