Saints swoop for Moroccan Boufal

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Southampton players celebrate a goal in a past match; the club has broken its transfer record to bring in Moroccan Sofianne Boufal 

Barclays Premier League side Southampton FC has completed the swoop for Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal from French Ligue 1 side Lille.

The transfer fee for the Moroccan is reported to be in the region of 16 million pounds and he has been tied down to a five year deal as the Saints’ newly appointed manager Claude Puel tries to stabilize the team following key departures after an impressive run in the past season.

The club’s executive director Les Reed confirmed the move while stating the club’s hope that the Moroccan will settle well in the premier league after the move from the French league.

“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,” Reed said.

The player 22, believes he is at the right place to continue with his career growth though he will not walk straight into the first team as he still lacks the match fitness.

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

The player scored 11 goals last season to help Lille finish fifth in Ligue 1 and qualify for the Europa League and with his transfer fee, he becomes the club’s record signing.