Southampton are in pole position to land Birmingham City striker Che Adams, according a report by the Daily Star.
They report that the Saints have had two bids knocked back already for the man valued at £14 million, but it looks set to be a case of third time lucky.
And if Adams was having any doubts about leaving St Andrew’s, they should have been silenced by the Blues’ decision to part company with manager Garry Monk.
As per the statement on the club’s official website, the board believe getting rid of Monk is ‘in the long-term interests of the club’.
Birmingham have been here before in terms of a shock and sudden removal of a manager who had the fans on side – Gary Rowett back in 2016 – and it sent them towards financial peril and relegation trouble.
Monk battled against that last season to put together a squad which comfortably survived – and was even pushing towards an unlikely play-off bid, before their FFP points deduction.
But getting rid of Monk sets that progress back and means that chaos reigns at the club once more – that should convince Adams that this summer is the right time to make his top flight move.
Southampton, on the other hand, are a club who look to have rediscovered their touch behind the scenes and are getting back towards the principles that made them a model club in the early part of the decade.