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Southampton agree £16 million fee for Basel forward


Southampton have agreed a £16 million fee with Swiss side FC Basel to sign their forward Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Moroccan-born Elyounoussi is a Norwegian international, who has been at Basel since 2016, and has made 84 appearances for the side, scoring 24 goals in the process, and helping the team to a league and cup double in the 2016 – 2017 side.

The 23-year old can play either as a winger or a forward and is seek as somebody who can help fill the gap left by Dusan Tadic, who, according to Sky Sports, is set to leave the club for Ajax.

If Elyounoussi does sign, he will become Southampton’s second signing of the summer, after the arrival of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic on a 4-year deal.

Elyounoussi’s father owns a pizza shop in Norway, and the son has been known to drop by and entertain the customers by singing songs by the Nolan Sisters.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.