Osvaldo opts for Espanyol

Striker chooses Spain ahead of England

Osvaldo: On the move

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Bologna striker Pablo Osvaldo has decided to join Spanish outfit Espanyol, rather than move to England.

The Argentina-born frontman was reported to be a January target for Fulham and West Ham, with both clubs looking to add extra firepower to their ranks.

However, the 23-year-old has opted against a switch to the Premier League, believing the Primera Liga is more suited to his game.

He is now set to pen a six-month deal with Espanyol, providing he passes a medical, with an option for the agreement to be made permanent over the summer included in his contract.

It is believed that Bologna, who only signed the South American from Fiorentina in January 2009, value Osvaldo at around €5million (£4.5m).

For now, though, the ambitious hit-man has focused his attention on making a positive impression when he joins up with his new employers in Barcelona.

"The Primera Liga is an attractive competition and I believe the characteristics of the Spanish game will make it easier for me to settle there," he said.