Osvaldo on the verge of move to Spurs, or possibly Southampton, according to reports

Claudio Villa

Confusingly, sections of the English media are reporting Pablo Osvaldo to Spurs as practically a done deal, whilst others are claiming that an intervention from Southampton may scupper the deal.

At the time of writing no-one really seems to know what the status of Spurs' purported bid to sign Pablo Osvaldo from Roma is, but that hasn't stopped the Sun from reporting that we are 'expected' to finalize the deal and unveil Osvaldo as a Spurs player today.

All of which would be fine and dandy, of course, if outlets including the Express weren't claiming that Southampton have also had a bid accepted for the striker, with Goal.com now today claiming that the Saints have offered the Italian a club-record wage in order to secure his signature and that Osvaldo is "currently weighing up his options as he awaits the outcome of negotiations between his current employers and the two Premier League clubs".

The different accounts offered in these disparate reports leaves the immediate future of Osvaldo somewhat unclear. As strongly as papers like the Sun seem to believe that he is nailed on to join Tottenham, it is far from implausible that a late bid from Southampton, where Osvaldo won't have to be trying to force a player of Roberto Soldado's pedigree out of the side, might sway him away from a move at the last minute. The Goal.com report also claims that the deal hinges on Spurs' pursuit of Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic, with Roma unwilling to sanction the sale of all three players at once, a perspective which also makes a lot of sense.

So far, then, we have the confident ITK of the Sun coming up against the more conventional logic offered by other mainstream media outlets (a state of affairs which differs in absolutely no way from the norm). Regardless of what your feelings are on the controversial forward and what he could bring to this side, it's looking like the time to pick your side, and buckle in for late twists in this saga.

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