Osvaldo excited by Pochettino reunion at Southampton

The Italy international has completed a £15 million move from Roma and will now link up with the manager who unlocked his best scoring form with Espanyol

New Southampton signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has revealed the club's manager Mauricio Pochettino was a major driving force behind his move.

The 27-year-old striker completed his switch from Roma on Sunday on a four-year deal for a reported fee of around £15million, which if true would smash the club's transfer record.

The Italy international spent the last two years with the Serie A side, netting 27 league goals, having played under Pochettino at Espanyol during the previous campaign prior to leaving Spain.

And after expressing the urge to get his Southampton career up and running as soon as possible as he spoke at his unveiling on Monday, Osvaldo heaped praise on Pochettino.

"Southampton is the club that showed the most interest in me. I know Mauricio Pochettino and how he works," he said.

"It's great to work with Mauricio. He's a motivator. It feels great to be with someone who fully appreciates how I work.

"The season and a half that I shared with Mauricio was my best as a footballer. I did well playing under him.

"I want to repeat – and improve on – that performance. I can't wait to start."

Osvaldo will be available to link up with fellow close-season signings Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama when Southampton host Sunderland on Saturday in the Premier League.