By David Woods

24th Jan, 2020 | 9:05am

Report: Club chairman to decide if striker can move to Leeds in next 72 hours

It’s the Leeds United transfer saga that keeps giving. 

If you thought that the bid to bring Che Adams to Elland Road was dead in the water after Southampton rejected a third offer, you might want to sit down for the latest news.

Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath has said the club is set to make a final decision on the deal over the weekend.

McGrath has said that Southampton chairman Gao Jisheng could take another look at the structure of the deal and open negotiations with Leeds.

The details of the rejected offer, from the BBC’s Adam Pope, was a “sizeable” loan fee with a £20m option to buy.

If that’s accurate then there’s definitely scope for changing the terms, including an obligation if Leeds get promoted.

While this protracted chase is frustrating for Leeds fans, the club isn’t likely to make the same mistake it did over the Dan James deal last January.

YEP journalist Graham Smyth has said that Leeds are working concurrently on a number of different deals, but it looks like they want final closure on Adams before progressing any of the other targets.

One thing is for sure – time is running out for Leeds.

The window closes next Friday and if Southampton are going to let Adams leave, it will be from under the feet of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

He said again on Thursday that Adams wouldn’t be leaving.

However, Leeds are offering a lot of money and it means Southampton would turn a significant profit on a player who they bought for £15m just last summer.

Athletic journalist Phil Hay said that Leeds were paying over the odds for Adams because of the way the deal was structured, with Southampton not getting the bulk of the money until the summer – and only then if Leeds get promoted.

That’s not looking as certain as it was after a poor run of form.

However, £20m for an at-best third-choice striker who hasn’t scored a single goal for the club must be a very tempting offer for Jisheng. He’s unlikely to get a better one.

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