By David Woods

16th Jan, 2020 | 10:54am

What Hasenhuttl has said to Soton board about Adams move; Phil Hay delivers fresh hope for Leeds

January is always a painful month for Leeds United fans, no more so than last year with the Dan James debacle.

2020 is doing its best to rival it so far. Leeds’ attempts to sign Che Adams have brought the painful memories of James back to the fore and the potential move has still not been put out of its misery – on the Leeds’ side at least.

The Southampton manager has been consistent in his claim that Adams will be going nowhere.

And the Express quoted an order that he has given to the Southampton board. “We are not selling Che Adams”, are the words that Hasenhuttl said and he could only be sold from under him now.

That seems unlikely and for now, at least, the message that’s come back from Southampton is that he’s not for sale.

You can’t fault Leeds for trying, though.

Athletic journalist Phil Hay, the man with his finger on the Leeds’ pulse delivered an update on Adams on Wednesday night, however, and it hints at a possible twist in the tale.

Despite the negative messages coming from Southampton, Hay said, “I know you’ll kill me for saying this but they’ve not let go of that one. Not quite.”

Another interesting Hay snippet is that Leeds were prepared to spend £12-£15m on an obligation to buy Adams.

That’s new information – the last we heard was £10m+ – and it shows that Leeds are prepared to back-up their rhetoric with money (albeit next summer).

The fact they haven’t let the deal go also hints that Leeds are still getting a positive message from somewhere within Southampton.

A new striker signing for them could change things dramatically.

However, for now, Leeds will be working on alternative targets. The January window doesn’t go on forever (thank God) and Leeds now have two weeks to solve the club’s biggest problem.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay says attacker to arrive at Leeds tomorrow as club looks to seal first major Jan deal