Moroccan midfielder Youssef Safri has joined Saints for an undisclosed fee on a two year contract.

The former Norwich City and Coventry player becomes George Burley's fifth new signing of the summer after Marek Saganowski, Adam Hammill, Gregory Vignal and Alan Bennett.

Ironically, Saints are due to visit Carrow Road in their second league game of the 2007/08 season on Saturday, August 15.

Safri, 30, first made the switch to English football when he joined Gordon Strachan's Sky Blues in August 2001 from his home-town side Raja Casablanca for £700,000.

He then made the move to Norwich City in 2004 for £400,000 in order to play Premiership football.

Safri has fallen out with Canaries boss Peter Grant and didn't turn up for the club's photo shoot on Monday.

The player is expected to be unavailable early next year as he is representing his country in the African Nations Cup, having previously competed in the same tourmament in 2004.

Safri's arrival heightens speculation that midfielder Jhon Viafara could be sold to West Bromwich Albion.