By David Woods

21st Jan, 2020 | 7:13am

Phil Hay delivers update on Leeds move for Che Adams

We’re in the tail-end of the January window and Leeds United still haven’t made a signing. Even young keeper Elia Caprile is waiting for his paperwork to be ratified by the FA.

He’s not the player that Leeds fans are waiting for, though. A new striker is the signing that Leeds simply have to make and have to get right.

There have been a number of names linked with a move, including Andre Gray and Dwight Gayle, but the one that just won’t go away is Che Adams.

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has just confirmed that Leeds are not giving up with Adams and that he is still the player they want to bring in.

He has also offered fresh hope by saying “evidently there is the possibility of wriggle room” in the deal.

Talking on the latest episode of the Transfer Daily Podcast released on Monday night Hay said, “As it stands it is Che Adams is still first choice, the priority target, despite Southampton and Ralph Hasenhuttl, in particular, being so resistant to what Leeds are offering.

“The fact they still haven’t given that up makes you think there’s more going on in the background that anyone realises but we’re getting to crunch point and Leeds will have to get this one done very quickly or move on.

“Adams himself is very keen on a move. The fact that they still haven’t given up means they must be more encouraged than the circumstances would suggest they should be.

“There evidently is the possibility of wriggle room down there and the chance that Southampton will blink but they are taking a risk now, there’s less than two weeks to go in the January window.”

Leeds are taking a big risk here.

Fans still haven’t forgotten the Dan James debacle from last January and if Leeds aren’t careful they could be in danger of repeating the mistake.

A lot of supporters think that not signing James was what cost the club promotion last season.

Not getting a striker this window and not winning promotion would generate a fierce backlash that Andrea Radrizzani would find it hard to recover from, especially if Marcelo Bielsa left.

The last update on Adams was five days ago when Ralph Hasenhuttl repeated again that Adams wasn’t moving.

How much longer can they stick with him before admitting defeat?

We’d suggest not very long at all.

In other Leeds United news, Companies House docs show Radrizzani prepping for possible £30m loan