Wednesday Sep 16, 2020. 11:00
Morocco international Sofiane Boufal could soon leave English Premier League club Southampton FC.
The 26-year-old winger was not part of the match-day squad as the Saints started the new season with a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace over the weekend.
Boufal made 20 appearances in the league for Southampton last season without scoring a single goal.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has explained that the skillful player is not part of his plans with the transfer window set to close next month.
“We try to force our young lads,” Hasenhuttl was quoted by Daily Echo.
“Nathan Tella was in this squad and we want to give him a chance to be with us as a team. These guys are the future for this club.
“We have a few guys who can still move [in this transfer window]. Maybe he [Boufal] is one of those, yes.”
The France-born player joined the Saints on a five-year contract for a club-record undisclosed fee in August 2016.
The fee was reported as £16 million, slightly more than the £15 million paid to Italian side Roma for Dani Osvaldo in October 2013.
His virtuoso 85th-minute goal against West Bromwich Albion was voted the 2017/18 Premier League Goal of the Season.
He has played 16 international matches for Morocco without scoring a single goal.