By Mark Smith

12th Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

Leeds United could always put a deal in place to sign Southampton striker Che Adams before the two teams clash on Saturday (13 August), according to Dean Jones.

The journalist has shared that it would be more likely for a deal to wait, and will most probably be put in place after the game so it isn’t lingering over both teams.

Adams has been linked with a move to Elland Road for years, with the Sun sharing that a £10million move is potentially on the cards before the window slams shut.

Speaking to Give Me Sport in the last few hours, Jones shared the latest behind the Whites making their move for the Scotland international this month.

“They could always put a deal in place and he’s not allowed to play against them but, ultimately, I think it makes sense to drag that out beyond this week,” he wrote.

“It doesn’t help anybody to have a situation like that lingering over a fixture, so I can totally see that being the case.”

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Deal in place?

Adams was forced to sit on the bench in Southampton’s heavy defeat at Spurs last week, which made little sense given their clear need for goals.

That could show that he is unfancied by Ralph Hassenhuttl and that backs up reports that suggest the Scottish international is free to leave St Mary’s.

We will get a much clearer view on the future of Adams after 3pm on Saturday (13 August) and if he isn’t used like last week, then a move will surely be pushed forward.

Victor Orta has tried and failed before for the striker, so if he is given the green light by Jesse Marsch, it would be no surprise to see him put his foot on the gas instantly.

Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt are our current options, with Adams of similar ilk but with more pace and power likely on the cards if he does turn up at Elland Road.

This is certainly one to watch.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has finally responded as transfer talk surrounding Ismaila Sarr goes into overdrive this week