According to Football Insider, Che Adams is likely to be available for a price of around £10m or lower this summer, leaving Leeds United on high alert.
The 23-year-old joined Southampton for a reported fee of £15m last summer, on the back of scoring 22 goals for Birmingham City in the Championship.
But the forward is yet to make a real impact at St. Mary’s, having gone 27 appearances without a goal and starting only eight games in the Premier League.
Adams was the subject of interest from Leeds United in January, as Marcelo Bielsa looked to provide Patrick Bamford with cover after Eddie Nketiah was recalled by Arsenal.
But despite having a reported £19m bid for Adams accepted by Southampton, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl declined the move and a transfer failed to materialise.
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Leeds then swooped to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin instead, but they may have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Adams if they are still keen to sign the striker this summer.
Football Insider claim that the South Coast club have reluctantly accepted that they have no chance of coming close to the £15m paid for him last summer.
Leeds could potentially make Augustin’s loan deal at Elland Road a permanent one for around £18m, but it remains to be seen what the club’s plans are for Adams.
Adams is a proven goalscorer at Championship level, but I think Leeds should be cautious if they win promotion to the Premier League.
Adams has failed to cut it in the top flight, so spending close to £10m on him could be seen as a risk, especially as they would need to recruit wisely and pull off a couple of bargains.
He’d be perfect for them in the Championship, but if they go up, they should look elsewhere in my view.
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