The lowdown: Rise to prominence
Formerly of Non-League Oadby Town and Ilkeston, the 25-year-old has taken a rather inauspicious route to the elite level both domestically and internationally.
Since then the Leicester-born star – who represents Scotland at international level – has scored 21 times in 110 outings for the Saints, and he now appears to be on the radar in the East Midlands…
The latest: Adams ‘of interest’ to Forest
Taking to Twitter, Taylor claimed that Nottingham Forest are keen on acquiring Adams’ services this summer, although Southampton aren’t likely to part ways with the 25-year-old.
The Daily Express journalist stated: “Nottingham Forest set to wrap up signing of Omar Richards from Bayern Munich in deal worth around £9m. More: Che Adams among striker targets of interest to Steve Cooper but Southampton unlikely to sell. Tyrese Fornah also set to join Reading on season-long loan. #NFFC #SaintsFC”
Elsewhere, the Reds have also been linked with Burnley forward Maxwel Cornet, although an approach was rebuffed by the Lancashire club, while a £17m fee has been agreed with Liverpool over a possible move for Neco Williams.
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The verdict: Smart move
Although summer arrivals Taiwo Awoniyi, Giulian Biancone and Moussa Niakhate could all prove to be masterstrokes in their own right, none of the trio are proven operators in the English top flight as things stand, and it can be a notoriously difficult league to which to adapt quickly.
Goalscoring in particular is an art form which can be very difficult to master in the Premier League; but although Adams – who was hailed as a ‘clever player’ by Scotland and Rangers legend Ally McCoist earlier this year – has only managed 20 goals in 96 appearances in the English top flight, he still has a proven track record of being able to compete at that level.
In 2021/22, the energetic frontman earned an impressive 6.85 Sofascore rating in what was a tough campaign for Southampton, scoring once every 292 minutes, but also contributing to the cause by winning 4.5 duels per game. That trait could be imperative for Cooper’s team in games where the tempo can be dictated by elite opposition and consolidation is required on Forest’s part.
Valued at a lofty £16.2m (Transfermarkt), despite Southampton’s current steadfast stance, the City Ground hierarchy would be wise to test the Saints’ resolve when it comes to Adams by making an enticing offer.
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