Despite arriving at Southampton for a hefty fee from Lille, Sofiane Boufal never quite hit the heights he was supposed to at St Mary’s.

He showed brief glimpses, but he was unable to replicate the form that got him the transfer in the first place, which ended up with him going out on loan at Celta Vigo for the duration of 2018-19.

Boufal then returned, and featured 25 times under Ralph Hasenhüttl in the last campaign, but his output of one goal and two assists was disappointing, and he hasn’t been picked since the start of the new season.

This has led to talks about an exit, and the forward is heading back to France, more precisely at Angers SCO.

L’Equipe reported the player was ready to return to the club where he first made his name between 2013-15, and a contractual agreement was reached on Saturday.

Fast forward to Monday, and Boufal ‘passed his medical this morning’, according to Foot Mercato’s Santi Aouna, adding the forward ‘should sign in the coming hours’.

This seems like all but a done deal, and the Morocco international returns to where it all started in hope of relaunching his career.