Southamp­ton break trans­fer record

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Southamp­ton have bro­ken their trans­fer record to sign Moroc­can at­tack­ing mid­fielder Sofi­ane Bo­ufal from French side Lille for Sofi­ane Bo­ufal. £16m.

Bo­ufal, 22, scored 11 goals last sea­son to help Lille finish fifth in Ligue 1 and qual­ify for the Europa League. Southamp­ton’s pre­vi­ous trans­fer record was the £15m they paid Roma for for­ward Dani Os­valdo in 2013.

“I can see that this club is the best place for me to con­tinue my pro­gres­sion as a foot­baller,” Bo­ufal said.

Les Reed, the club’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of foot­ball, said: “We are ex­tremely con­fi­dent he will suc­cess­fully adapt to life in the Pre­mier League. “Sofi­ane is a player we have watched de­velop closely over the last few years, and we’re thrilled to have him join the club. We’re de­lighted that Sofi­ane sees Southamp­ton as the best place for him to con­tinue his de­vel­op­ment.” But he added the player would be some weeks away from a first-team ap­pear­ance while he gets up to match fit­ness.

Bo­ufal, who has signed a five-year contract, is the lat­est sum­mer ar­rival as new man­ager Claude Puel shapes his team fol­low­ing sev­eral departures. The French­man re­placed Ron­ald Koe­man in June af­ter the Dutch man­ager left to join Ever­ton. BBCS­ports

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