On-loan Inter Milan forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is on the verge of joining Boca Juniors.
After being suspended by the Serie A club following a furious reaction to teammate Mauro Icardi not passing him the ball during last month's 1-1 draw at Juventus, Osvaldo has been training alone.
Inter no longer want the 29-year-old -- who was born in Argentina but has represented Italy at international level -- although neither do Southampton, who still hold the player's registration.
A transfer to another club before the deadline in Europe failed to materialise, with Juventus opting instead to sign Alessandro Matri on loan from AC Milan, leaving only a move back to his homeland as the most plausible option for Osvaldo.
"There has been interest from Boca, but it's something the player is dealing with," Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is quoted by Calciomercato as saying at the weekend. "If he's happy to go there for these five months, then considering he does not belong to Inter, it will be down to Southampton.
"We've left him the opportunity to find himself a solution which he regards as the best one for him and if going back to Buenos Aires makes him happy, then it makes me happy too. He's not going to come back to us after four months in Argentina because he's only ours until June 30, then on July 1 he becomes a Saints player again."
The transfer deadline in Argentina is on Feb. 15 and Boca director Marcelo London is confident a deal will be struck with Osvaldo before then, suggesting it could all go through on Tuesday.
"The negotiations are very advanced," he is quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport. "On Tuesday, when he puts pen to paper, we will be able to say that he is our player. He's in perfect physical condition and can become Boca's eighth new signing."