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Former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo quits football to pursue music career

Why did we ever buy this guy?

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Former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo reportedly turned down a move to Italian club Chievo on transfer deadline day in order to focus on his music career.

There were a lot of crazy happenings over social media on Wednesday night. But, this stood out of the bunch - even more than Moussa Sissoko giving Ronald Koeman a taste of his own medicine in highly amusing fashion.

The Italian international was Southampton's record signing up until Monday, when Saints signed Sofiane Boufal from Lille.

Osvaldo was bought for a then-record fee of £15m under the Nicola Cortese era in 2013, with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino recommending the forward from his days at Espanyol.

The Argentine of Italian descent only lasted a matter of months - scoring three goals in 13 appearances before being frozen out after an incident in training saw him headbutt Jose Fonte.

As a result, Saints loaned Osvaldo out to the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and boyhood heroes Boca Juniors before moving to Porto permanently. He then moved to Boca on another permanent deal, before being sacked for further disciplinary issues in May.

Perhaps the fledgling music career is Osvaldo's best option after all.