Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal is looking to make a return to France this summer, according to a report by The Daily Mirror.

Their live transfer blog is claiming the Morocco international is plotting a return to the country, with Olympique de Marseille believed to be an interested party.

Boufal, who previously played for Lille before his £16million move to England, has found it difficult to get going for Southampton in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has scored just four goals and made three assists in 59 games for the St Mary’s Stadium club and spent last season out on loan with Celta de Vigo.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is believed to be prepared to offload the winger this summer as he has already has a number of options to choose from, whilst he is also keen to trim the club’s wage bill and raise funds for other potential acquisitions.

The Saints completed the signing of Moussa Djenepo earlier in the summer, adding to the likes of Nathan Redmond and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Whether Marseille will be able to get a deal done for Southampton man Boufal remains to be seen, as his £65,000-a-week wages (Spotrac) are surely going to be somewhat a stumbling block.

The Ligue One outfit have been in financial turmoil this summer and have recently been fined for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, meaning Southampton could also find it difficult to get a reasonable transfer fee for the Moroccan.


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