By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

23rd Jan, 2020 | 9:00am

Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims Leeds move for Che Adams not dead despite £20m offer snub

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has claimed that Leeds United could still land striker Che Adams in a January deal, despite another offer being rejected.

BBC journalist Adam Pope reported on Wednesday that the Premier League side had rejected a loan offer (with a sizeable fee) and a £20m option to buy for Adams.

However, Robinson has said that offers are rejected all the time and that the deal could still go through, although it could take Adams putting in a transfer request – something Robinson said would be a “big decision”.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “The £20m offer that’s been rejected… It’s just another offer. I don’t see why that would deal be dead in the water.

“Adams is obviously a player that Bielsa likes, he’s focused his attention on him for a long time now.

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“As far as the financials go, Leeds obviously don’t have money up-front so whoever signs it’s looking like it’s going to be a loan to start with.”

Asked if it would take Adams putting in a transfer request to get the deal through, Robinson said, “He only signed for Southampton in 2019 so it would be another move in quick succession.

“Different players have different ambitions, though, so he could feasibly try to engineer a move. It would be a big decision for him to take, though.”

Is this what the Leeds fans want to hear?

With just over a week to go in the January window, Leeds need to move fast and surely can’t afford to waste any more time on Adams?

The whole saga has been very strange. Leeds were obviously getting encouragement from behind the scenes at Southampton, yet the message they’re sending out at the moment seems to say that Adams will not be leaving.

Putting in a transfer request would be a very risky move for Adams and one that could backfire for the player.

We doubt he would want to go that way, especially as he’s currently involved in first-team games.

However, despite the £20m offer being rejected, there’s still been no word from Leeds that they’re giving up on the deal.

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