Report: Southampton use Mane windfall to make stunning £30m bid for ace scouted by Klopp and Pochettino
By Harvey Byrne
Premier League club Southampton have tabled a £30million bid for Tottenham and Liverpool target Sofiane Boufal, according to a report.
French sport website 360 Sport claim that the south coast club, who recently sold Sadio Mane to Liverpool for £36million, are preparing to spend most of their windfall on the 22-year-old Morocco international.
As reported on Football Insider, 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.
The youngster’s performances over the last year have alerted a host of Premier League clubs.
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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.