By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

23rd Mar, 2020 | 6:30pm

Exclusive: £19m-rated attacker might not get second chance to sign for Leeds

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Paul Robinson has said that Che Adams might not get another chance to sign for Leeds after Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl blocked a January move. 

Adams was the number one target for Leeds this January and it was reported that they had agreed on a £19m deal before Southampton pulled out before the deadline.

Leeds ended up signing Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan, although he still hasn’t started a game for his new club.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leed News Robinson said, “Leeds were looking for a proven Championship goalscorer and Che Adams was perfect for this division, but I really don’t know if they’d go back for him now.

“If Leeds get promoted then the budget will be bigger and Leeds will be looking for a different sort of player – as opposed to a player who can’t get in another Premier League side.

“I think Leeds will be looking at a completely different calibre of player if they go up – as all teams do when they get promoted.

“Look at West Ham with Jarrod Bowen. He’s a fantastic signing for the Premier League but also a brilliant signing if West Ham were to get relegated.”

It’s easy to have sympathy for Adams.

By all accounts he wanted to move to Leeds and a deal had been agreed only for Southampton to hit a run of form.

That led to Hasenhuttl having more power at Southampton and when he put his foot down, the club backed down and blocked the deal.

However, he hasn’t started in 2020 and has only made eight Premier League starts for Southampton all season.

We think he would have been a regular starter for Leeds.

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