Southampton are leading the race for Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo, according to reports from Sky Sports.
The Italian international has been heavily linked with Tottenham throughout the summer, and was believed to be on the verge of joining Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen recently.
But, the player himself has decided against a move to Germany, opening the door for a switch to the Premier League.
According to sources, the Saints are in prime position to take advantage of the situation, and could agree a deal before the transfer window closes.
After securing Roberto Soldado’s signature, Tottenham’s interest in Osvaldo cooled, although some reports suggest that Andre Villas-Boas is still in the market for attacking reinforcements.
Southampton are hopeful that they can leapfrog their London rivals and snap up the 27-year-old as they look to continue their summer rebuilding plans.
Osvaldo is likely to cost in the region of £17m, which was the figure Werder Bremen had accepted by Roma.
The Serie A side are desperate to sell the front-man, who has endured a turbulent spell off of the field since his move to the club from Espanyol in 2011.
Despite his troubles, Osvaldo was Roma’s top scorer last term with 16 goals in all competitions.
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