Southampton: West Ham watched Che Adams before St. Mary’s switch
Southampton confirmed the signing of Che Adams from Birmingham City yesterday, seeing off reported competition from the likes of Crystal Palace and Burnley (as per The Sun).
And according to another source, West Ham were also said to be keen. Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee revealed on Twitter that the east London club had watched Adams a few times prior to his St. Mary’s switch, though nothing obviously materialised in the end.
That is, of course, great news for Southampton, who not only managed to land the 22-year-old, but also prevented him from joining a Premier League rival if the above is to be believed.
Southampton could find themselves aiming for a Europa League push next term if things are going well, and West Ham are likely to be just one other side vying for the same thing.
The Saints secured qualification for the competition back in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons and will be feeling optimistic with Ralph Hasenhuttl at the helm. As picked up on by BBC Sport back in April, Southampton have looked rejuvenated under the Austrian.
Meanwhile, West Ham came close last season, finishing just five points behind seventh-placed Wolves. You simply cannot rule them out of contention when they have a coach like Manuel Pellegrini sitting in the London Stadium dugout. “This is my first time in Europe that I have not qualified for European competitions so I hope next season we will do it,” he told Sky Sports in May.
Indeed, the Chilean has experience getting his sides into Europe, with his Malaga team the perfect example as they went on to reach the Champions League in 2012.
When you take all of that into account, signing Adams at West Ham’s expense could prove to be huge for Southampton and Hasenhuttl.
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