Leeds United’s hopes of signing Che Adams have seemingly suffered a crucial blow, with the Daily Mail reporting that the striker is keen to stay at Southampton after talks with Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Adams’s future has had a significant question mark hanging over it. Marcelo Bielsa’s side need a new striker after losing Eddie Nketiah at the start of the month.
Despite Adams’s involvement for the Saints, it appeared that the Championship promotion-chasers felt that they had an opportunity to land the 23-year-old.
The Daily Mirror reported last week that Leeds believed that Adams was interested in moving to Elland Road.
However, it now seems that that may no longer be the case.
The Daily Mail is now reporting that Adams has held talks about his future with Hasenhuttl. And after receiving assurances, the £15 million man is planning to stay at St Mary’s and fight for his place.
TBR View – Significant blow for Leeds; but there is one upside
Adams’s situation has arguably been a strange one. His appearances for the Saints in recent weeks would suggest that there was little likelihood of a move taking place.
But the fact that speculation has continued while he has been involved arguably hinted that there may have been scope for an agreement to be reached after all.
You could understand why many Leeds supporters will be disappointed as their hopes of signing Adams appear to have been dashed.
But there is arguably one small upside. Leeds were given no time to pursue another target when their move for Daniel James fell through last January.
This time around however, Victor Orta has more than half of the transfer window remaining.
Adams does not look set to be the answer to Leeds’s striker problems this month. But the Whites certainly have the time to make sure someone else is.