French news outlet L’Equipe have revealed that Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal has attracted interest from French Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

Advanced talks are taking place between the two clubs, as Saints look to recoup some of the cash spent on the 25-year-old.

Boufal arrived at Southampton in 2016 for £16m, tipped for great things in the Premier League in what looked like a great piece of business.

He has failed to make a lasting impression at St Mary’s though, with Saints fans frustrated at his lack of consistency in his performances.

Boufal has featured 59 times for Southampton since his transfer to the club, scoring just four goals and making the majority of those appearances from the bench.

Saints opted to send the midfielder out on loan last season, as he enjoyed a successful spell with Celta Vigo, scoring three times in his 35 outings.

Those performances has led to Boufal attracting interest from other clubs, with Nice keen on bringing in the Southampton man during the current window.

A deal is thought to be close between the two clubs, however Saints will be frustrated with the reported transfer fee that is involved.

Southampton are looking at recouping a mere €10m on their £16m investment on Boufal, the report says, and with the player in advanced talks with Nice that fee is unlikely to rise.

While Saints will be happy to make room for potential replacements as they aim to improve their squad, there will be huge disappointment in the money lost from this deal.

Southampton fans will be hoping Ralph Hasenhuttl invests the money back into the squad for the upcoming season, as they aim to avoid a relegation fight and start to climb the Premier League table.

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