Southampton have recruited ex-Algeria international Cherif Oudjani as they look to strengthen their scouting network in France, according to claims from Sky Sports’ assistant news editor Lyall Thomas.

The 53-year-old has joined the club to head up the scouting network and contribute towards Saints’ recruitment of players from overseas.

Reports had previously indicated that Oudjani would arrive at Southampton to act as the club’s new head of scouting.

However, these claims have since been dispelled, with the former Lens player and scout set to be tasked with the scouting of players in France alone.

Oudjani enjoyed an 18-year professional tenure as a footballer in France and is sure to have an extensive knowledge of the talent that the country’s top divisions have to offer.

Southampton’s recent recruitment strategies have come in for some criticism in recent times but they’ll be desperate to get back on track, with the addition of Oudjani set to come as a boost to the club’s scouting network.