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Porto complete free transfer of former Saints striker Osvaldo

Boca Juniors' forward Daniel Osvaldo (L) celebrates after scoring the team's second goal against Estudiantes during their Argentina First Division football match at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNI (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Boca Juniors' forward Daniel Osvaldo (L) celebrates after scoring the team's second goal against Estudiantes during their Argentina First Division football match at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNI (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Porto has completed the signing of striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo on a free transfer.

The Italy international joined Southampton in a club-record deal only two years ago, but was released by the Premier League club last month.

Osvaldo proved to be a disruptive influence during his time on the south coast and will now aim to kick start his career in Portugal.

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Porto will be hoping the 29-year-old front man is able to hit the ground running after the club sold the prolific Jackson Martinez to Atletico Madrid.

Osvaldo was suspended for three games by Southampton following a touchline fracas with Newcastle United's goalkeeping coach in December 2013, before being banned by the club following a training-ground incident.

The former Roma forward was then loaned to Serie A champion Juventus for the rest of that campaign and spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Inter and Argentinian side Boca Juniors.

Porto gave no details over the length of contract Osvaldo has signed.

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