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Dani Osvaldo: Where should ex-Southampton star head next?

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Dani Osvaldo broke Southampton's transfer record when the striker was signed by Mauricio Pochettino in 2013 for a fee of 12.5million. Pochettino, like many before him, thought he would be the one to tame the renegade striker and initially their relationship looked promising.

Having played prolifically under Argentine Pochettino at Espanyol, Osvaldo looked to settle quite well in the Premier League and an audacious lob against England's Joe Hart had put him on the map as Southampton looked to have a real solid striker on their hands.

Osvaldo downfall

However, history has a habit of repeating itself for the Italian and sooner or later his ill temper that often shamed his undoubted ability came to the forefront of his game.

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Three goals in 13 games wasn't enough of a record to warrant the player being forgiven for his training-ground headbutt on captain Jose Fonte and much like whilst at previous clubs, Osvaldo left coaches shaking their heads.

Loan spells soon followed and the bad boy reputation kept up with him too. An uneventful loan spell at Juventus preceded a poisonous period at Inter Milan, where once again a decent run of form was interrupted when the Italian didn't show up for training for two days and was ostracised for attempting to fight with fellow forward Mauro Icardi. 

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Bad culmination

Osvaldo ended his bizarre season at Boca Juniors in Argentina, a team no stranger to fiery footballers. Osvaldo claimed it a 'boyhood dream' to play for the South American giants and managed a return of seven goals in 15 appearances.

His goalscoring exploits weren't enough for Southampton though, and new manager Ronald Koeman has decided not to risk taking a chance on Osvaldo. As a result the enigma is out on his ear again and hunting for a new team to take a chance. But who exactly is up to the challenge?

Boca Juniors

No surprise here that the club he ended last season with are eager to retain the services of the Italian striker. Playing in South America may have been a dream come true for Osvaldo but is it somewhere the 29-year-old can see the peak of his ability climax? Or would he prefer to give Europe, and possibly the Premier League another chance?

Crystal Palace

Two big characters clashing at Selhurst Park would be an exciting sight this season as Alan Pardew's ego would surely be a match for that of Osvaldo's. Reportedly the club and player's agent have opened talks about a potential move.

Osvaldo cost Premier League rivals Southampton a combined £25million and would be a gamble, but the talent is still there and Pardew has a habit of getting the most out of big 'personalities'.

New York Red Bulls

Osvaldo could alternatively suit the pace of the MLS down to the ground as the physicality and competitiveness in the Premier League had been highlighted as a pain for the player before. Given his confidence in his own ability, his aerial threat and intelligent runs, he could be a perfect match for an MLS side like the Red Bulls.

In the past the Red Bulls have refused to be involved with any rumours regarding Osvaldo but the increasing competitiveness of the MLS, coupled with marquee signings for big rivals, could force their hand into taking a risk.

Valencia

In the past Osvaldo was rumoured to be joining Valencia in 2014. However he opted to head back to his homeland with spells at Inter and Juventus and any suggestion he would be heading back to the country that helped build his reputation faded away.

After recently having his contract cancelled though Osvaldo could be on the way back to Spain, with Valencia looking to build on an impressive 2014/15 campaign and needing to bolster up in attack if Paco Alcantara is to move elsewhere.

What to do now?

Osvaldo has a long summer to reflect on what has been a strange but familiar spell with a string of top quality clubs.

A player with undoubted ability but also an inflated ego can be a tricky investment for any club. In the past no one has been able to tame the frustratingly talented Osvaldo, who has often let his fiery temper get in the way of personal glory.

Football fans, where should/ will Osvaldo end up moving next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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