Southampton break transfer record
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