Leeds United need to offer big-money deal for Southampton to sell Che Adams as Phil Hay shares update - Sky Sports pundit

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Leeds United will need to offer a head-turning sum of money to convince Southampton to sell Che Adams to them this month, according to Paul Robinson.

Adams, 26, has been linked with Leeds a lot in recent seasons with speculation again emerging in the last week.

Phil Hay reported on The Athletic website on 26 December that a move for the Leicester-born Scotland international cannot be ruled out in the January transfer window.

The Guardian then added on 31 December that Adams is a potential open for the Whites as they hunt for a new striker, even though funds are tight at Elland Road and director of football Victor Orta isn’t too keen on adding players midway through a season.

Southampton are bottom of the Premier League and Adams has scored just two goals in his last 14 Premier League appearances for the south coast club.

Still, Robinson feels a large bid will be needed for Leeds to sign the ex-Sheffield United striker because they’re also a team in the relegation mix this season.

“Adams is playing a bit-part role in a struggling Southampton team,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

He’s obviously a player Leeds have watched and kept their eye on for a long time.

His team are bottom of the league so if he’s not playing regularly and not scoring goals, you’re not going to go and poach him.

Adams has proven he can do it before and proven he can score goals at that level.

If that’s the kind of low-hanging fruit Leeds will be looking at, they need to get somebody through the door.

You’d like to think they’re looking higher up the tree to get a proven goalscorer because they have problems in that area.

But if it’s the best of the low-hanging fruit, then Adams is the best at that kind of level.

But I don’t see Southampton selling to Leeds unless Leeds go in with an offer that really turns heads and breaks their expectations of what they want for him.

In all honesty, Southampton and Leeds are relegation rivals.”

Adams has scored eight goals in 18 appearances across all competitions this season.

Four of them, however, have been in the Carabao Cup against lower-league opposition in the form of Cambridge and Lincoln.

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