Tottenham are believed to be planning a summer move for AS Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo, according to the Metro. The 27-year-old Italy international has had a good season in the Serie A so far, with his 11 goals from 23 games keeping the Rome club in the hunt for European football next season.
However, it is believed a deteriorating relationship between the striker and his team mates will force the former's exit. Roma will settle for a fee in the region of £8m, according to the Evening Standard. The club have offered the forward to a number of other outfits as well.
Spurs' boss, Andre Villas-Boas, is understood to be an admirer of Osvaldo's ability on the ball and has been monitoring the forward over the past couple of transfer windows. A summer move for the player could be on the cards, particularly as the north London club's deficiencies up front were exposed earlier this week, with an injury to England international Jermain Defoe.
A muscle tear for the 30-year-old Defoe means AVB has only the misfiring Emmanuel Adebayor as a recognised striker, at a time when the club are fighting to win the UEFA Europa League and ensure Champions League football for next term.
AVB has, indirectly, confirmed that a new striker signing is only likely if the club finish in the top four; the club are presently third in the Premier League, two points ahead of Chelsea in fourth and four in front of local rivals Arsenal.
Osvaldo's Former Agent Speaks
Meanwhile, Osvaldo's former agent has spoken out against rumours linking the striker with a move to White Hart Lane, or anywhere else for that matter. Dario Decoud was quoted in a talkSPORT report as saying Osvaldo remained committed to Roma and wanted to prove himself to manager Auerlio Andreazzoli.
Osvaldo on Real Madrid
Finally, Spanish champions Real Madrid have also been linked to the striker and the Italian has admitted he would be delighted to join the Santiago Bernabeu club should they approach him. But he did also say he wanted to do well with Roma before considering his options.
"Every player dreams of wearing the jersey of a club like Madrid. However, I will have to do well with Roma first and win trophies here. We have to do our utmost to make sure we... qualify for the Champions League," Osvaldo explained to Marca.