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Angers are trying to sign Sofiane Boufal from Southampton

L’Équipe report that in a bid to kickstart their so far dismal campaign, Ligue 1 side Angers are making an ambitious play to sign Moroccan international winger Sofiane Boufal from Southampton.

The 27-year-old first made a name for himself with Le SCO between 2013 and 2015 and they want him to return to bring his creativity – talks are occurring with his entourage about making an emotional return a reality.

The ex-Lille man is asking for some time to think about it, and at the moment, there is nothing more concrete. Boufal does want to remain in one of Europe’s top 5 leagues, and as a result has rejected all Chinese and Middle Eastern offers. Olympiakos have also positioned themselves for him, but talks are not at a significant stage yet.

In Spain, where Boufal spent 2018/19 on loan at Celta Vigo, the player has admirers, with Real Betis interested. Southampton want to sell, and would accept a price of around €5m, possibly even less.

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