Aug 18, 2013, 2:41 PM EST
Southampton have completed the signing of Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo for a club-record £15 million ($23.5 million), with the player agreeing to a four-year deal.
The Saints have been following the wantaway striker for a while now, and while Roma’s valuation of their player priced clubs like Fulham out of the move, Southampton were willing to pay up.
Apparently the Premier League club has had a deal in place with the player for a while, and the two teams spent the last week just trying to hash out a final transfer fee.
Osvaldo will now either compete with or play alongside Rickie Lambert up front, who has had a stellar last few weeks marking his England international debut with a winning goal and scoring a late winner for Southampton Saturday in their season opener.
The 27-year-old has bagged 27 goals in 55 appearances for Roma. A Serie A veteran with three different clubs, he’s also played in Spain’s Primera Division for two years with Espanyol.
It’s a fabulous signing for Southampton, but also an incredibly risky one for such a newly-promoted club to have spent so much money on a single player. In fact, they’ve bought just three players this transfer window in Osvaldo, Victor Wanyama, and Dejan Lovern – but each one has cost at least £10 million ($15.6 million).
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw: Everything you need to know 1
- Premier League Playback: Moyes needs more, Suarez is Superman, Altidore (finally) off the mark 1
- The Benny Feilhaber Conundrum: Has Peter Vermes finally solved the puzzle? 1
- Real Salt Lake’s 2013: The not-so-rebuilding year that could end in an MLS title 1
- Premier League Roundup: Moyes defeated in Everton reunion; top five snag wins 1
- David Moyes bemoans bad luck as former side Everton come back to haunt him 1
- West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Manchester City: Citizens address road worries with convincing performance at The Hawthorns 0
- Sunderland 3-4 Chelsea: Blues grab crucial away win as Hazard dazzles (video) 0
- Sit down with Orlando City SC: Taking on Beckham, emulating the Timbers and Kaka in 2015 – Part I (21)
- USA drop one spot to 14th in latest FIFA World Rankings, Portugal surge to fifth (20)
- What US Soccer wants from the World Cup draw (20)
- Video of Jermaine Jones’ terrific goal Saturday for Schalke (18)
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw: The sum of all fears scenario for the United States (16)