Report: New York Red Bulls eyeing Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo

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It is no secret that the New York Red Bulls are lacking some depth at striker. But is Daniel Osvaldo the answer?

According to Argentine publication Ole, the current Boca Juniors loanee and Southampton striker is in play to make a move stateside with the New York Red Bulls.

EoS did not receive confirmation of the report at the time of this publication.

Osvaldo signed a four-year deal with Southampton in 2013, but fell out of favor with the club in 2014 for his part in a touchline brawl with Newcastle, followed by a training fracas with teammate Jose Fonte. His personal struggles on and off the field forced the Saints to loan Osvaldo out, first to Juventus, then Inter Milan and finally, Boca Juniors of the Argentine First Division.

Osvaldo, 29, is a dangerous attacking option and an Italian international who proved his ability in the 2014-15 season at Inter, scoring five goals through 12 matches. However, attitude problems continued to plague the Lanus native as he missed a pair of practices unexcused and followed that with a training ground tete-a-tete with fellow striker Mauro Icardi, making way for his Inter departure.

His loan spell at Boca was less eventful — at least off the pitch. Osvaldo has scored three goals through nine competitions, and played a pivotal role in Boca’s short lived Copa Libertadores run. His loan ends on June 30th.

While Osvaldo represents a hefty talent at striker, his attitude issues clash with the peaceful, team-first environment garnered by the team’s current brain trust. New York have taken chances with troubled players in the past, most notably Luke Rodgers, who entered the league with a lengthy rap sheet but maintained his cool en route to a highly successful season. Osvaldo will certainly be of a similar risk.

Still, there are reasons to believe New York would entertain such a deal. While still under contract with Southampton, the Saints have loaned Osvaldo out on a free to Juventus, Inter and Boca. Further, the Italian National has also taken pay cuts in order to facilitate such moves. Both cost-effective moves speak to the current Red Bull acquisition philosophy.

No matter the arrangement, Osvaldo will surely fall into DP territory for the club. However, the Red Bulls have continuously preached the need to seek not only an on-field contributor for that distinction, but the “right fit” for the club off the field as well.

If Osvaldo comes with the right attitude, he can be the answer New York need to play up top with leading goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips. But his signing could be a risk to an otherwise peaceful environment in Harrison.


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  • Dave L

    Why are the Red Bulls looking at locker room cancers like Osvaldo & Boateng? They must be on the cheap.

    • KP

      You must be one of the sheep that believes everything he reads. Big names who are coming to the end of contracts are always linked with MLS. 99% of the time its bullshit.

  • willy wonka

    My philosophy is that mls doesn’t have the right coaches to control the big ego players. Galaxy was lucky with Beckham and Henry almost derailed red bull but controlled himself


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