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Which Premier League club signed Pablo Osvaldo?
How did Everton react to Manchester United's dual bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines?
Who are Arsenal trying to sign?
Is Jose Mourinho looking at Wayne Rooney alternatives?
Southampton have signed forward Pablo Osvaldo from Roma for £15 million.
Current Saints' manager Mauricio Pochettino turned around Osvaldo's career at Espanyol. He had arrived in Spain after unsuccessful stints with Fiorentina, Lecce and Atalanta.
Osvaldo scored goals from headers against Fiorentina, Torino, Bologna, AC Milan and Genoa, so he's immense in the air.
He's technically superb, can hold up the ball and create shots for his teammates.
One issue: he's overly sensitive and lashes out when he feels his pride is being threatened.
If you wanted to draw up a list of players who are the easiest to wind up, he'd be a contender at No. 1 because he's picked up some suspensions for going bonkers.
Southampton have confirmed the signing of Osvaldo from Roma. For those who don't know, he's a crazy, ponytailed genius— Daniella Matar (@DaniellaMatar) August 18, 2013
Jose Mourinho Wants Another Striker
Despite having Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Andre Schurrle (who rose to prominence as a centre-forward at Mainz before becoming a wide forward at Bayer Leverkusen) and Islam Feruz in the U-21 team, Jose Mourinho wants another striker.
"We will try until the last day of the transfer window to add a new player to the squad—a striker," he said, via BBC Sport. "I won't name players who belong to other clubs. We go direct to the club."
The last quote implies Mourinho could be looking at Wayne Rooney alternatives with Manchester United refusing to sell the Englishman.
Manchester United confirms a second bid from Chelsea for striker Wayne Rooney has been rejected— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 5, 2013
Rooney coming on as an impact sub and creating two goals during the 4-1 win over Swansea City further strengthens United's stance on keeping him.
12 - Since the start of last season no player has assisted [Opta definition] more Premier League goals than Wayne Rooney. Subtle.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 19, 2013
Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines
Manchester United submitted a pointless £28 million joint bid for David Moyes's two former Everton players, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
"Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester United for two players," said Everton communications director Alan Myers, via The Telegraph. "Those bids were immediately rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting."
Why not submit a bid for 19-year-old Ross Barkley?
He outplayed Fellaini in the 2-2 draw against Norwich City, completing more dribbles, having a higher passing percentage and scoring a vital goal.
Sky Sports reports Newcastle United have turned down Arsenal's £10 million bid for Yohan Cabaye.
It's been the story of Arsène Wenger's transfer window—strike-out, strike-out, strike-out.
Influential midfielder Mikel Arteta is injured, so the Gunners lack depth in the pivot position.
In the 3-1 loss to Aston Villa, Jack Wilshere filled Arteta's void, but Arsenal's No. 10 should be starting as a No. 10, not a No. 6.
Asking Wilshere, who's played 26 league games since the 2010-11 season, to take on added defensive responsibilities is increasing the risk of another long-term injury.
Emmanuel Frimpong, another injury-prone Arsenal midfielder, warmed the bench against Villa so he could be an outside chance to start in the following weeks—stay dench or get Frimponged!
Good night people ⚽⚽⚽⚽👌👌 pic.twitter.com/8m9OWApTXp— Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) August 16, 2013