By Harvey Byrne
Southampton announced the signing of Sofia Boufal from Lille on Monday – and Tottenham fans took to Twitter to question why their club hadn’t made a move for the Morroco international.
The south coast club revealed the signing of Boufal from Lille on Monday afternoon on their official Twitter page.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 29, 2016
The Hampshire side confirmed the signing for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract and the BBC claim that it’s a club record £16million.
The youngster had also been linked with a move to White Hart Lane with French football site France Football claiming earlier this month that Spurs had turned their attention to the 22-year-old after a change in ownership at Marseille delayed their transfer of Georges Kevin-N’Koudou.
Tottenham fans took to social media regarding Boufal’s signing and many were disappointed that he hadn’t joined their club.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— We Of Spurs (@WeOfSpurs) August 29, 2016
Boufal for £16M? How did we not get into a bidding war?
— Philadelphia Spurs (@PHLSpurs) August 29, 2016
Boufal is kind of awesome. Would have loved to see him at Spurs. Not much more expensive than Nkoudou and vastly better (so far). #thfc
— M.A. Lindberg (@LindbergMA) August 29, 2016
Gutted 2 c Southampton have signed Soufiane Boufal,really hoped Spurs would of got him.Hes a class act,& will go on 2 be a star in v prem😫
— DANNY JACOB$ (@DannyDred34) August 29, 2016
Pochettino wants a Mane type player at Spurs. But the club won't match Southampton's ambition and pay £16m for Boufal, #pathetic
— James Astley (@jay11284xxx) August 29, 2016
Boufal is exactly what Spurs needed. But no, they continue to pursue Zaha
— Paul Ferguson (@Fergz16) August 29, 2016
Hmm Spurs moving cheap will cost them imo, replacing Chadli with GKN isn't an upgrade by any means.Boufal available yet not willing to buy
— 🇦🇷⚪️Ⓜ️ (@rlscity) August 29, 2016
Boufal 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 didn’t deter Southampton from signing him.
The Morroco international joined Lille for £3million from then-Ligue 2 club Angers in January 2015, netting the Ligue 1 side a £13million profit.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Leicester City are set to rival Spurs for the signature of Sporting Lisbon’s Adrien Silva.