Report: Premier League club stop pursuing move for £30m ace, scouted by Klopp and Pochettino
By Harvey Byrne
Southampton have decided against a move for Tottenham and Liverpool target Sofiane Boufal, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claim that new Saints manager Claude Puel, who knows Boufal from his time in French football has decided to pull the plug on his interest.
As reported on Football Insider the south coast club had been believed to place a £30million bid for the Morroco international, but it now seems likely that the player scouted by Liverpool and Tottenham won’t be moving to Hampshire this summer.
Boufal had been attracting both Premier League clubs with Klopp scouting the young prospect several times while Spurs were also monitoring the highly rated Lille winger.
It was thought that Mauricio Pochettino was in pole position to sign the France-based speedster with the offer of more first team football, but the Ligue 1 club’s asking price seems to have turned away a few of his suitors.
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The youngster’s performances over the last year have alerted a host of Premier League clubs.
The Lille midfielder enjoyed a successful year in France in the recently completed season scoring 12 goals and providing four assists in 35 encounters helping his side finish in fifth place.
Such has been the success he has enjoyed over his first year at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the club have already accepted that selling him in the summer is inevitable, albeit for a far greater fee than their initial outlay.
The Morroco international joined Lille for £3million from then-Ligue 2 club Angers in January 2015 signing a four-year deal.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have outbid Real Betis for Roma striker Antonio Sanabria.