By Harvey Byrne
Southampton have agreed a club-record £21million fee for Lille attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, according to a report.
Sky Sports website claims that the Saints are about to top the £12.8million record fee they paid for Dani Osvaldo on Boufal, who was previously a target of Spurs and Liverpool, among others.
The report follows claims from French football news site France Football that the White Hart Lane club had turned their attention to the 22-year-old after a change in ownership at Marseille delayed their transfer of Georges Kevin-N’Koudou.
It had been reported earlier in the window that Boufal was also attracting Liverpool with Klopp scouting the young prospect several times while Arsenal and Spurs had also been previously monitoring the highly rated Lille winger.
The Lille attacking midfielder enjoyed a successful year in France last season, scoring 12 goals and providing four assists in 35 encounters, helping his side finish in fifth place.
He suffered a knee injury in May which is likely to keep him out of action until September, but this isn’t deterring Southampton’s pursuit.
The Morroco international joined Lille for £3million from then-Ligue 2 club Angers in January 2015, signing a four-year deal.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Schalke Sporting Director Christian Heidel has denied any interest in Spurs attacker Son Heung-Min.