Southampton sign Nice goalkeeper Mouez Hassen on loan
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 31/01/17 2:58pm
Southampton have taken Nice goalkeeper Mouez Hassen on loan.
Sky Sports News HQ reported on Monday that the two clubs were in talks over a deal for the 21-year-old, who worked under Claude Puel when he was manager at the Ligue 1 club.
He comes in as cover for Fraser Forster due to an injury to current deputy Alex McCarthy.
Hassen said: "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."
Saints' executive director of football Les Reed said: "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."
Hassen is a product of the Nice academy and has made 50 appearances for Nice, who are second in the table only by goal difference.