The Cottagers have reportedly held talks with Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini in London on Tuesday over a potential £8.6million signing, which the club expect to complete the deal within days.
Although late interest from Southampton and La Liga side Valencia has emerged, Fulham are still the favourites to land the 27-year-old, who has been capped eight times by Italy.
Martin Jol will be aware of the potential risks that may come with signing the player however.
Osvaldo has a reputation as something of a hothead back in his homeland, and was recently kicked out of the Italian squad recently for openly criticising Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli.
The comments have left the forward’s future at the Serie A club in real doubt, and he is said to be keen on the move to West London that Fulham have already proposed to his agent.
The striker would be Martin Jol’s fourth major signing of the summer. The Fulham manager has already brought in Fernando Amorebieta, Derek Boateng and Maarten Stekelenburg and is understood to still be hunting for new faces.
Manchester City had previously shown an interest in the forward, who is set to leave Roma with a record of 27 goals in 55 league appearances.
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