Leeds United target Che Adams is keen on a move to Elland Road, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
The Whites’ on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah was recalled by his parent club at the start of the month, meaning Patrick Bamford is the only striker in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are keen on bringing in Adams on loan from Southampton until the end of the season to replace the 20-year-old.
The 23-year-old joined the Saints in the summer on the back of an impressive season in the Championship with Birmingham City – scoring 22 goals and providing five assists.
However, Adams has had limited opportunities with the Premier League club this season, starting just eight times in the top-flight so far.
Hay has claimed that the striker is keen on a move to Leeds and that the decision now sits with Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl.
he wants to come. As far as I can see, all down to whether Hasenhuttl will let him go
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 10, 2020
Hassenhuttl’s revealed his stance on the 23-year-old’s future earlier this month and indicated that he did not want to let the forward leave.
Leeds are in a commanding position in the Championship, top of the table and with a nine-point gap over the side in third.
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This will surely be a boost for Leeds as it appears the player they’re understood to see as an “ideal replacement” for Nketiah is keen on joining them.
However, Hassenhuttl’s stance is certainly concerning for the Whites as at this point it’s tough to see what they can do to prize him away from the Saints.
Leeds need to act quickly because they’re in a dangerous position at present – an injury to Bamford could threaten to seriously derail their season.