Southampton eye Ghezzal to replace Boufal

Southampton are being linked with a move for Algerian international Rachid Ghezzal from Monaco, according to Football Insider.

With fellow North African winger Sofiane Boufal recently departing the Saints, Mark Hughes is now eyeing up another one to replace the Moroccan.

Ghezzal joined French side Monaco on a free transfer last summer but has failed to live up to the standards left by the outgoing Bernardo Silva. Monaco would therefore be able to make a rather large profit if they sell the player.

His brother, Abdelkader Ghezzal, played for Algeria at the 2010 World Cup. Rachid has one goal for the Desert Foxes, which came in 2016 against Ethiopia, whereas his older sibling has three.

Last season, he scored 2 goals in 26 league games for Leonardo Jardim’s side. Both Everton and Watford tried to sign him last year, so there has been Premier League interest before, and the Saints have been interested in the player for some time according to the report. Monaco have also lost Thomas Lemar this summer from the wing.

Whether or not Rachid Ghezzal is good enough for the Premier League remains to be seen. Follow all of the transfer stories surrounding Algerian footballers this summer in English on DZ Football.

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