Saints complete Mouez Hassen signing

By SFC Media Tue 31 Jan Transfer News
Photo by Naomi Baker | Mouez Hassen signs

Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Mouez Hassen on a five-month loan deal.

The 21-year-old joins from French club OGC Nice on a temporary deal until the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

The move sees Hassen link back up with Saints boss Claude Puel, with the two having worked together previously at Nice.

Hassen made his breakthrough there during the 2013/14 campaign, making five appearances in total before enjoying his most successful season to-date in 2014/15.

The goalkeeper made 30 appearances in all competitions, as Nice finished 11th in Ligue 1. In total, Hassen has made 50 appearances for the French outfit.

Hassen has also represented France at every youth level, from Under-16s all the way through to Under-21s, winning 14 caps in total.

Speaking about his arrival at St Mary’s, Hassen said: “I am really happy. It’s a pleasure for me to come to England for the first time and I am really happy to get to know the Premier League.

“I am really looking forward to joining the team.”

Executive Director of Football Les Reed said: “Mouez is a promising young goalkeeper, and we are very pleased to have been able to bring him to Southampton.

“He has built an excellent reputation during his time with Nice and also in his country’s youth teams, and will provide us with further depth in the months ahead.

“As well as adding to our squad, we believe Mouez can continue his development in his time at Southampton and make strides in his own game under the expert guidance of our Head of Goalkeeping, Dave Watson, as well as working alongside Fraser Forster.

“Harry Lewis has had opportunities and gained great experience while Alex McCarthy has been injured, and Stuart Taylor has brought excellent experience to the group, and now Mouez will add to our strength in depth.”

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