Southampton Sign Sofiane Boufal From Lille For £16m

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

Boufal is the latest summer arrival as new manager Claude Puel shapes his team following several departures.

Sadio Mane,Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pelle all left the Saints during the summer for combined fees of £57m.

Southampton are 15th in the Premier League table.

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