According to respected journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter, Southampton target Che Adams could be available for just £12 million as the January transfer window draws to a close. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at Championship side Birmingham City and has done so since leaving Sheffield United back in 2016, with his impressive efforts in front of goal for the Blues seemingly attracting the interest of new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
And that’s because a report earlier this week from The Daily Mirror outlined the South Coast outfit’s interest in the striker, and as such the Premier League club may well be interested in what Nixon has had to say on Twitter, as he suggests that the Birmingham sensation might be available for just £12 million late on in the window.
BIRMINGHAM. Price for Che Adams is 12. Nobody there yet.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 31, 2019
And for just £12 million, for a player in form and with a bright future ahead of him, Southampton could seriously reap the rewards from sealing a Deadline Day deal for the 22-year-old.
Ultimately, scoring goals has been something of a problem at St Mary’s in the last 18 months or so, what with the Saints only managing 37 goals in the Premier League last time round, and just 26 from their 24 league games this time round as well.
And other than Danny Ings, whose tally of eight goals in all competitions sees him comfortably head their goal-scoring charts, the other striking options simply haven’t been able to produce the goods – the likes of Shane Long, Charlie Austin, and Michael Obafemi have netted only five times between them.
And with Manolo Gabbiadini having left the club earlier this month, and the future of Austin far from certain (as per talkSPORT), another accomplished option in the final third appears necessary if Hasenhuttl is to indeed move Southampton forward in the second half of the season.
And Birmingham’s Adams certainly appears to be the man for the job given he has netted 15 times in just 29 Championship appearances for Garry Monk’s side this season, a tally which sees him sat fifth in the division’s goal-scoring charts this time round.
And with seven goals in his first season at St Andrew’s followed by nine last time round as the club staved off relegation to eventually finish 19th, it’s clear that the 22-year-old has been progressing nicely and thus getting better and better in front of goal – this season is a culmination of that improvement.
And arriving at St Mary’s full of confidence and match-ready would pale into stark contrast the arrival of Guido Carrillo 12 months ago, what with the Argentine moving to the South Coast having played and indeed scored very little for Monaco just before his move – it’s no surprise that he then struggled to make an impact at Southampton.
Yet Adams appears to be someone for not only the future but also the present, and for just £12 million for the 22-year-old sensation, it could prove to be an absolute bargain – as such, the Saints could well reap the rewards from luring the Englishman to St Mary’s before this evening’s 11pm deadline.
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