Leeds United’s interest in Southampton and Scotland striker Ché Adams may not “come to anything” this summer.
That is according to Dean Jones who was speaking to This is Futbol about the Whites’ remaining transfer plans this summer.
According to The Sun, Leeds are interested in signing Adams this summer for a fee of £10m, with Jesse Marsch in desperate need of cover for Patrick Bamford this season.
Southampton are looking for more of a return on the £15m they paid Birmingham City for the 19-time Scotland international in July 2019, but the report suggests that there is optimism that a compromise can be reached between the two parties.
However, the Saints’ signing of Bordeaux striker Sékou Mara suggests that Adams may have moved down the pecking order this term, but Jones believes that the south coast club cannot afford to lose the 26-year-old this summer, and therefore Leeds’ interest may come to nothing.
“I’m not convinced that this link [to Adams] will come to anything.
“I’m not sure Southampton can afford for it to come to anything, but it is an interesting one if Leeds are looking down that path.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments
We believe that Leeds fans will be disappointed to hear that the move for Adams, who has been described as a “clever player” by Ally McCoist, may be a no-go, with Marsch still lacking another striker option that the club have required since his appointment last season.
The former Sheffield United striker scored seven goals and provided three assists in 33 appearances for Southampton last season according to Transfermarkt, suggesting that the forward could have represented good value for the Whites at just £10m this summer.
It would be in Marsch’s best interests for the club to work out how possible a move for Adams would be this summer, so that they can either get a deal over the line or move on to other targets as quickly as possible, with the transfer window shutting on 1st September.