Southampton must be looking to add some quality to their squad this summer as manager Ralph Hassenhuttl seeks to improve his first XI.
The Saints narrowly avoided relegation last season but picked up towards the end of the season under their new manager, and they will now be fully focussed on improving the ranks at St Mary’s and making a better fist of things heading into the new campaign.
Indeed, one player who the club are looking at bringing in is Birmingham City striker Che Adams.
But with latest reports (via the Daily Echo) appearing to suggest that the Saints will pull the plug on any deal for Adams if Birmingham continue to ask for more money for their main man, we here in the Tavern think that Hassenhuttl should be convincing his board to pull out all the stops to land Adams.
Adams was simply brilliant last season for the Blues as he fired in over 20 goals in what was a difficult season for the club due to off-field issues once more.
And it is this form which makes Adams one of the hottest properties in the Championship, and someone who we believe Southampton can simply not afford to miss out on.
The goals on their own are enough to make Southampton really push to sign the young striker, with the Saints’ top scorer last season being Nathan Redmond, who notched a paltry nine goals ahead of the likes of strikers Shane Long and Danny Ings.
If Adams can replicate some of the form he showed for Birmingham last season, then Southampton will have addressed the glaring problem their squad suffered from last season.
Quick, powerful and with the potential to only go and get better and better in the top flight, Adams could well make a massive difference for the Saints heading into the 19/20 campaign.
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