Southampton close to appointing Claude Puel as new manager

Southampton are closing in on the appointment of Claude Puel as their new manager.

A deal to hire the Frenchman as a replacement for Ronald Koeman following the Dutchman’s move to Everton is expected to be concluded by the end of the week.

Puel has never worked outside of France, having spent his entire playing career at Monaco, where he was coached by Arsène Wenger, before making his management debut in the principality. He won Ligue 1 in 2000 and then went on to enjoy a six-year spell at Lille, before taking over at Lyon and leading them to the Champions League semi-finals. The 54-year-old has spent the last four years as coach of Nice, who last season finished fourth in Ligue 1.

Puel will be taking over a club that qualified for the Europa League following a sixth-place finish in the Premier League but yet again face a summer of transition. Alongside Koeman, Victor Wanyama has also left Southampton, joining Tottenham for £11m, while striker Saido Mané is close to joining Liverpool.

Southampton have made a signing, bringing in Nathan Redmond from Norwich for £10m over the weekend.

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