By Craig Scott

3rd Jan, 2020 | 7:30pm

'I’m all for that' - Sky Sports pundit raves about Leeds link with ace who'd be 'clever signing'

Sky Sports pundit Darren Bent believes that Southampton striker Che Adams would be a “clever” addition for Leeds United in the January transfer window.

Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell at Elland Road was terminated early by Arsenal this week due to the striker’s lack of game-time in the Championship.

Patrick Bamford has been left as the only recognised option to play up front in Marcelo Bielsa’s senior squad as a result and plans are surely in place for a replacement for Nketiah.

Adams, 23, is someone who has been linked with Leeds for a few weeks now.

Football Insider reported in December that the Yorkshire giants are in the race to sign Adams on loan from Southampton with the striker struggling to score in the Premier League.

Adams, who cost the Saints £15million in the summer when he moved from Birmingham, scored 22 goals in 46 Championship appearances last season but is yet to score for his new club.

Despite his lack of goals this term, former Tottenham and England striker Bent claims that he would still be someone who’d improve Bielsa’s squad at Elland Road.

“Yeah, he would be [a great signing for Leeds]. His form was great last season,” Bent told Football Insider.

“He would be a clever signing, so I’m all for that. Bielsa clearly loves Bamford, even when Bamford wasn’t scoring he would play him because Bamford puts a shift in, he leads the line, works hard.

“Maybe Nketiah wasn’t doing that so maybe Bielsa and his team need more than just goals.”

As good as Adams would probably be for Leeds, it seems unlikely that Bielsa will be able to sign the former Sheffield United striker.

The Daily Mail has reported that Southampton are reluctant to send him out on loan and even if they did decide to loan him out, West Brom are also interested and the Midlands club could be better equipped for the finances of any possible deal.

In other Leeds United news, this 27-year-old wants to quit Elland Road in January.