By Saikat Mandal

31st Jul, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United line up surprise move for Southampton striker Che Adams

Leeds United are lining up a “surprise” move for Southampton striker Che Adams this summer, according to a report from The Sun.

Alan Nixon wrote for the newspaper on 30 July that Jesse Marsch is looking to bolster the forward department, and has earmarked the 26-year-old striker after missing out on Charles De Ketelaere.

Leeds are prepared to pay around £10million for the former Birmingham City striker, while the Saints want a bit more. However, there is optimism that a compromise can be reached.

Good move

The Whites have been very busy in the summer transfer window, and they have bolstered the squad in almost every department.

However, adding a quality striker remains a priority. Marsch has full faith in Patrick Bamford but the England striker struggled with injuries last season.

If he gets injured, Leeds will be left with young Joe Gelhardt, and the Whites could find themselves in the same doldrums as last season.

It’s important to add competition for places, and therefore adding another striker is key.

Adams was one of the targets for Marcelo Bielsa, but the Whites failed to pull off a deal for him previously.

He has made 110 appearances for the Saints and has scored 20 goals in the Premier League.

He is about to enter the peak years of his career, and Leeds must try their best to secure his signing. Adams will add both depth and quality to the squad.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have submitted a fresh bid to sign their first-choice target this summer as a Champions League club has pulled out of the deal.