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Saints break club record with Pablo Osvaldo - their new Italian signing

The Italian footballer, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo who is joining Southampton FC Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

After Southampton revealed the Italy international had put pen to paper on a four-year deal, his former employers in the Italian capital released the details on a deal initially worth £12.9m. That figure could rise by another £1.7m dependent on Osvaldo's performances at St Mary's.

The fee for the 27-year-old, who is due to be presented to the media tomorrow, exceeds the £12.5million they forked out last month to bring midfielder Victor Wanyama from Celtic.

Osvaldo worked with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino when the pair were at Espanyol, although getting him to the south coast took some persuasion.

"Southampton football club is delighted to announce the signing of Italy striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo," a statement on the club's official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk, said.

Osvaldo, who has nine Italy caps, becomes Southampton's third signing of the summer, following an £8.5m move for Lyon defender Dejan Lovren and the signing of Kenya midfielder Wanyama.

Southampton won their opening match of the season at West Brom on Saturday, with a late Rickie Lambert penalty securing a 1-0 victory.

More arrests in burnt out car murder inquiry

29 year old Agim Hoxha was found dead in a burnt out car Credit: PA

Detectives from Hampshire’s Major Investigation Team have arrested a further four men in connection with the murder of 29-year-old Agim Hoxha. All four men have been arrested on suspicion of ‘conspiracy to commit murder’.

Three of the men are aged 34 years, 36 years and 56 years old and are from Southampton. The fourth man is a 33 year old from Winchester. They are currently being held at police stations across the county where they are being questioned by detectives.

Mr Hoxha’s body was found in a burnt out silver Mercedes car in Chilworth Drove, Southampton, on Tuesday, April 10.

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