Leeds are hoping to add to their firepower in January as they line up a prospective bid for an out of favour Premier League striker.
Football Insider reported that the Whites have identified Southampton forward Che Adams as a target for the winter transfer window, with the Elland Road club seeking to bolster their attacking options.
Leeds are not the only Championship outfit with their eyes on securing a move for the 23-year-old, with The Athletic reporting that Nottingham Forest are also in the race for his services in a prospective loan move.
Adams only joined Southampton last summer in a deal reportedly worth £15m (according to BBC) but his career has stalled at St Mary’s.
Having started their first six Premier League games this season, he has not been in their starting XI in the league since then, frequently been left to feed off scraps of sub-10 minute substitute appearances, and he has yet to score for the Saints. [via TransferMarkt]
While he may be out of favour for the struggling south coast side, he had earned his move to the top flight off the back of a fantastic campaign at Birmingham, scoring 22 goals in the Championship last season.
He is therefore more than capable of excelling in the division in which Leeds find themselves and from which they are trying to escape.
The Whites are well on track for automatic promotion to the Premier League, holding a nine-point lead over third-placed Fulham, but still seem light in attack compared to the team with whom they are competing for top spot in the Championship.
Leaders West Brom have scored 46 league goals to Leeds’ 36, and while Arsenal confirmed that they will not recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell at Elland Road (as per The Sun), that he and Patrick Bamford have managed just 15 goals between them this term shows that Marcelo Bielsa could perhaps do with greater firepower for the second half of the season.
Having been out of the top flight for 16 seasons and after last term’s play-off heartbreak, it would feel calamitous for Leeds were they to squander they firm hold they currently have on an automatic promotion place and fall short of a Premier League return again.
Adams may have been a misfit at Southampton so far but he is a proven scorer at Championship level and a change of scenery may just instigate a revival in him that could fuel a potential top flight return for the Whites.
Leeds fans, would you like to see Adams coming to the club in January or have they enough firepower in Bamford and Nketiah? Share your views in the comments section below!
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