Southampton trickster Sofiane Boufal is closing on a move to Ligue 1 outfit Nice, according to a report by French outlet L’Equipe.
Nice are reportedly in advanced negotiations with the Saints over the 25-year-old, who has been unable to show his quality on a consistent basis in England and spent last season on loan with Celta Vigo.
Southampton have lost their way in the transfer market in recent years – which is one of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s biggest challenges to sort out – and Boufal was an expensive bust.
They look set to get a decent chunk of their money back for a player they will hope doesn’t flourish like Dusan Tadic did after leaving the south coast.
Hasenhuttl’s wide players need to be disciplined, quick and clinical and Boufal’s unpredictability is at odds with that.
It’s a shame from a Southampton point of view that Boufal didn’t work out, but at least he’ll always have that solo strike against West Brom…