SAINTS ARE SOF TOUCH FOR £20M

Daily Mirror - - FOOTBALL SPY - BY ADRIAN KAJUMBA

SOUTHAMP­TON are set to smash their trans­fer record by sign­ing Lille’s at­tack­ing mid­fielder Sofi­ane Bo­ufal for £20mil­lion. The fi­nal fee for the 22-year-old will top the £15m paid for mis­fit Ital­ian striker Dani Os­valdo three years ago. Bo­ufal (left), capped twice by Morocco, has been on the radar of a num­ber of clubs in­clud­ing Chelsea, Spurs and Ju­ven­tus. Wat­ford tried to steal a march on their ri­vals by mak­ing a move for him ear­lier this sum­mer. But Saints have forced their way to the front of the queue and are con­fi­dent of landing their man, pos­si­bly by early next week. Bo­ufal scored 11 goals and made five last sea­son be­fore hav­ing knee surgery in May. His ar­rival is ex­pected to pave the way for Jay Ro­driguez to join West Brom on loan.

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