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'Long-standing interest': Leeds want to sign 'fantastic' £52,000-a-week striker - journalist
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'Long-standing interest': Leeds want to sign 'fantastic' £52,000-a-week striker - journalist

Leeds United have a long-standing interest in Southampton’s Che Adams, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook.

Whites boss Jesse Marsch is reportedly looking for reinforcements in attack ahead of the transfer window closing.

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford limped off during the early stages of last week’s draw with Southampton.

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This evoked memories of his injury struggles last season, suggesting that Marsch could do with more options up top.

In July, The Sun reported that Leeds had rekindled their interest in Adams, having previously wanted him in 2020.

And Southampton are reportedly open to selling the Scotland international for around £15million.

Leeds aren’t the only Premier League club said to be eyeing Adams, however.

The likes of Everton, Wolves and Nottingham Forest are apparently also in pursuit of the £52,000-a-week forward.

Crook, writing on GiveMeSport, says Leeds’ interest in Adams is not new.

However, he doubts whether the Elland Road side would be willing to meet Saints’ asking price for him.

“They’ve got a long-standing interest in Che Adams,” said Crook.

“Whether they’ll pay the type of money Southampton want is open to debate.

“But I think if they can bring in another striker, then that is their priority in these last two weeks.”

A bit of a gamble from Leeds?

Adams played the full 90 minutes against Leeds last time out, suggesting he’s not completely surplus to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s requirements.

The Southampton manager has also praised the striker in the past, deeming his attitude “fantastic” even as a back-up option.

Admittedly, Adams’ record at Southampton hasn’t exactly been prolific – he has 21 goals and 12 assists from 111 appearances.

And the fact the Saints – a team that finished five points clear of the drop zone last term – seem willing to offload him doesn’t help.

That said, £15million isn’t too steep, and Adams does have plenty of Premier League experience.

It all depends on whether Marsch feels the striker would truly fit into his team and get him firing on all cylinders.

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