Southampton have reportedly made it clear to Leeds that they will not be letting Che Adams leave the club this month. The Mirror has reported that Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes the forward is a key member of the squad and does not want to see him move on.
Adams has struggled to find his feet since his £15 million move from Birmingham in the summer. He has made 16 Premier League appearances this season without scoring a goal. However, the 23-year-old has provided two assists and is well rated by his manager.
Leeds are on the lookout for a new striker following the departure of on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah. The 20-year-old scored three goals during his short spell with the club and manager Marcelo Bielsa will want to replace him this month.
The Telegraph has reported that Che Adams is the priority target. He scored an impressive 22 goals in the Championship for Birmingham last season and a loan deal was being considered by those at Elland Road.
However, it now seems unlikely that this deal will come off. The Southampton boss understandably does not want to weaken his side going into the second half of the season and Leeds’ search for a new striker goes on.
Bielsa’s side is currently sat second in the Championship and will be bitterly disappointed if they cannot secure promotion this season. They will need to add some extra firepower to their squad if they are to keep up with the likes of Brentford and West Brom.