Serie A giants AC Milan are lining up a shock move for Southampton flop Dani Osvaldo, according to TalkSport.
The striker, who struggled to adjust to life in English football following his move from Roma, has been deemed surplus to requirements by Ronald Koeman and has spent the first half of the season on loan at Inter Milan.
But with that deal rumoured to be cut short after a series of lacklustre showings and further questions over attitude and temperament Milan could swoop to sign the striker as a replacement for Fernando Torres, who sealed a return to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid earlier this month.
Hopes were high for the maverick forward when Mauricio Pochettino brought him to St Mary’s Stadium, but it soon became apparent that the rigours of the Premier League was not him and his time at the club became marred by poor performances off the pitch and discrepancies off it.
Osvaldo produced his best football at Roma with 28 goals in 57 appearances, and his growing reputation convinced the Argentine that he could be the spearhead of his ambitious side.
However he managed to find the net just three times in 13 games, with the highlight a stunning goal against Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City in which he bested Vincent Kompany and rifled a shot past Joe Hart.
In addition to his poor form came rumours of discontent from the player himself, and Pochettino decided to ship him out on loan to Juventus after he was suspended by the club for two weeks following a training ground bust-up with defender Jose Fonte.
Despite a poor campaign at Southampton and Juventus former Inter boss Walter Mazzarri brought him to the San Siro with the hope that he could strike up a healthy partnership with Mauro Icardi, and in turn fire them back to the Champions League as a result.
But, much like last season, things have not worked out. He looks a far cry from the player that became one of Serie A’s most feared marksmen during his time at the Stadio Olympico, and the appointment of Roberto Mancini has thrust him further towards the exit door.
The 29-year-old has scored a respectable five goals from 12 appearances, registering two assists along the way, but with the arrivals of Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski from Bayern Munich and Arsenal he now looks set for a future elsewhere.
Whether or not Milan make a move remains to be seen, but their positive start to the season has now been consigned to distant memory with Filippo Inzaghi sorely in need of reinforcements.
Though the deal that saw Torres join Atletico included Alessio Cerci heading to Milan in his place, they have relied heavily on the goals of Jeremy Menez and need a striker to fire them back to the big time.
Queens Park Rangers are also interested in Osvaldo, but it is Milan who could be his new employers if they win the race for his signature.