Leeds United are confident they can complete a deal for Southampton forward Che Adams, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
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Speaking on The Athletic’s Transfer Daily podcast, the journalist claimed that the Whites are facing competition from the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest for the forward.
This matches up to what Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has been reporting with regards to a deal for the former Birmingham City man.
A move for the Saints man could well be the best bet after Marcelo Bielsa saw Eddie Nketiah leave the club to return to Arsenal.
The Adams deal is being mooted as being a loan for the remainder of the season with an obligation to buy him next summer.
This would, arguably, provide the club with better value than the deal that saw Nketiah come on loan as it ensures the Whites have the assurance of going into the Premier League with a couple of forwards in Adams and Patrick Bamford.
Despite his struggles at St Mary’s this campaign, the 22-year-old has the quality to challenge Bamford for a starting role.
Given his struggles this year, it would be unfair to use it as a means to compare him to the 26-year-old.
However, he also retains the hunger and desire to defend from the front like Bamford (1.4) has been doing this campaign and averaged a similar number of fouls (1.7) during his time with Birmingham, also matching his tackles per game with both players making 0.6.
With Nketiah having left the club, the deal being reported for the £10.8m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, Adams could be of great value to the Yorkshire outfit moving forward.
He’s proven in the second-tier during his time with the Blues and perhaps the added firepower could help ensure the Whites keep their place in the top two at the very least to return to the Premier League at long last.
Best of all, his aggressiveness and willingness to press from the front fits the Bielsa mould perfectly, meaning it shouldn’t take him long to adjust to life at Elland Road and make an impact in the second half of the season.
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