By Saikat Mandal

31st Jul, 2022 | 1:40pm

Che Adams would be terrific addition for Leeds United

Leeds United have earmarked Southampton striker Che Adams as a potential option this summer, and he would be a cracking signing for the Whites.

According to a report from The Sun (30 July), the Whites could make a surprise move for the 26-year-old striker.

It has been reported that the Whites are prepared to pay around £10million for the former Birmingham City striker, but Southampton are looking for more.

However, there is a feeling that a deal could be struck, and that a comprise can be reached.

Signing a striker is a priority for Leeds this summer. Patrick Bamford remains the club’s first-choice striker, but he struggled with injuries last season.

If he picks up another injury, Leeds will be left with Joe Gelhardt as the only other option. He is an exciting talent, no doubt, but the youngster is not yet ready to lead the line on a weekly basis.

Another experienced striker is required, and Adams would be a perfect fit for the club. He is a decent scorer, managing 92 goals in his club career.

He has got Premier League experience and is a good finisher as well. In 2018-19, he scored 22 goals in all competitions for Birmingham City in the Championship.

His records in the Premier League haven’t been spectacular, though. He managed only 21 goals for the Saints in the past three seasons. However, he has got loads of quality, and a new system could bring the best out of him.

Southampton could be willing to let Adams go this summer, following the arrival of Sekou Mara, and Leeds must do everything to bring him to Elland Road.

He is approaching the peak years of his career. Marcelo Bielsa tried to sign him before, and Victor Orta can seal a transfer jackpot, if the Whites can get him on board at a reasonable price.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have submitted a fresh bid to sign their first-choice target this summer as a Champions League club has pulled out of the deal.