Southampton have been left bemused with Leeds United continuing to pursue Che Adams after making it clear that he is not leaving this month, according to a report from the Daily Echo.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported earlier on Wednesday that the Whites had had a third bid rejected by the Saints.
The report suggested that Leeds had offered to take Adams on loan for the rest of the season and would pay £20 million in the summer to make the move permanent should they seal promotion.
However, the Yorkshire Evening Post explained that Southampton had snubbed the offer.
And it appears that the offer may have come as a surprise to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.
The Daily Echo reports that the Saints have been left bemused by Leeds’s attempts to sign the striker. They have made it clear to the Championship high-flyers that he is not leaving.
The Echo adds that Adams is happy at St Mary’s. So it would arguably be a big surprise if Leeds decided to return with a fourth offer.
TBR View – Leeds need to move on
Adams would have arguably been a fantastic signing for the Whites this month. But it appears that there is next to no chance of a deal unless perhaps Leeds throw caution to the wind and offer to sign him permanently this month.
Given the Profit and Sustainability regulations, that arguably looks unlikely. So it is surely time for Leeds to move on.
The deadline is starting to loom on the horizon. And Leeds cannot afford to let the window close without signing a replacement for Eddie Nketiah.
Southampton’s bemusement at this stage suggests that any further offers will receive the same response as the first three.