Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that Southampton’s Che Adams could potentially hand in a transfer request after a bid worth £20m from Leeds was reportedly turned away by the Saints.
Journalist Adam Pope suggested on Tuesday that the Whites had offered the Saints a loan deal with an option to buy for £20m if they are promoted, in what was apparently their third bid for the 23-year-old, who only joined Southampton in the summer.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson was asked whether Adams could try to take matters into his own hands by forcing his way out of St. Mary’s with a transfer request that could see him add to Leeds’ threadbare attacking ranks.
He said: “He only signed for Southampton in 2019 so it would be another move in quick succession. Different players have different ambitions, though, so he could feasibly try to engineer a move. It would be a big decision for him to take, though.”
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Robinson does not appear necessarily hopeful that Adams could try and barge his way out of the exit door at his current club, though it does not look to be out of the question as far as he is concerned, either.
Adams has played a rather secondary role since moving from Championship side Birmingham City and is yet to score for his new side, while his previous record in the second tier may suggest he could rediscover his goalscoring form if he were to arrive at Elland Road in the coming days.
With Southampton in fairly decent form of late, it is hardly surprising to see them turn down something which could disrupt the balance of their team – even if Adams has only started two league games since October.
Though with Danny Ings (perhaps rightly) hogging the limelight on the south coast following his rich vein of form, for Adams to attempt to jump ship of his own accord may not raise too many eyebrows having spent plenty of time on the Saints bench to this point. However, whether Leeds will end up beneficiaries of that is another matter – and Southampton’s refusal to do business is hardly a promising sign.
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