The reliable Phil Hay of the Athletic has this evening provided an update on the prospect of out-of-favour Southampton striker Che Adams joining Leeds United.
23-year-old hitman Adams made the move to St. Mary’s last summer.
On the back of a prolific campaign in the Championship with Birmingham City, which saw him rack up 22 goals, Southampton beat off all competition to secure a £15 million deal for the former Sheffield United man.
However, despite the excitement surrounding his arrival, Adams has since struggled to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.
The attacker has managed starts in just 8 of Southampton’s 22 league outings to this point in the season.
Even more significantly, though, Adams is yet to find the net even once in the colours of the Saints.
Fellow Southampton hitman Danny Ings, on the other hand, has already racked up 14 Premier League goals this term.
As such, despite having only been at the club for 6 months, speculation has already begun to mount that Adams could soon depart St. Mary’s.
Championship outfit Leeds United, meanwhile, have been most persistently-touted as a potential destination.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in need of reinforcements up top, after Arsenal decided to cut short Eddie Nketiah’s loan stint at Elland Road short earlier this month.
And, as outlined above, the reliable Phil Hay has this evening provided an update on Leeds’ pursuit of Adams.
It is claimed that the Southampton board are open to the possibility of their struggling striker moving out on loan, with obligation to buy.
Adams himself, meanwhile, is said to be keen on joining Leeds.
The one sticking point, however, remains the wishes of Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The Southampton boss reportedly wants to hold onto Adams, despite his struggles in front of goal.
Southampton’s board are open to letting Che Adams go, for a £1m loan fee and an obligation to buy. Adams is keen on Leeds but Hasenhuttl wants to keep him.
It’s very easy to see from past displays how Adams would fit here – but can Leeds risk hanging on?https://t.co/HTe7gC3i52
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 12, 2020