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Osvaldo joins Juventus on loan from Southampton

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Italy striker Pablo Osvaldo completed a loan move to Juventus on Friday after a troubled spell in England, while Inter Milan signed Brazil midfielder Hernanes from Lazio.

"I'm very happy," Osvaldo said of his return to Serie A. "Everything happened very fast and I still can't believe it ... It's been a hectic three or four days."

Juventus has the option to buy the 28-year-old before May 31, for 19 million euros ($25.6 million).

Osvaldo joined Southampton from Roma in August for a club-record 15.1 million euros (then $20 million).

The forward scored four times for the Premier League club but was suspended for two weeks on Jan. 23 following a training-ground incident.

Osvaldo was kicked out of the Confederations Cup squad last year for insulting his club coach at Roma in a breach of national team coach Cesare Prandelli's code of ethics.

Juventus is on course for a third straight league title and is six points clear of Osvaldo's former club Roma — its closest challenger.

Another player also returned to Serie A on loan from the Premier League, with former Lazio defender Modibo Diakite signing for Fiorentina from Sunderland.

Meanwhile, French winger Gael Kakuta moved to Lazio on loan from Chelsea.

Hernanes left Lazio's training ground in tears on Thursday, amid reports he was on the verge of signing for Inter.

The 28-year-old midfielder — who joined Lazio in 2010 — had a medical at Inter on Friday before penning a four and a half year deal.

Hernanes has scored two goals in 23 appearances for Brazil and helped his country to Confederations Cup success last summer.

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