By Jonty Banks

8th Jan, 2023 | 9:30pm

Southampton striker Che Adams might be open to Leeds United January transfer - journalist

Southampton striker Che Adams might be “open to offers” from Leeds United in the January transfer window, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Whites secured their first transfer of the winter window after snapping up Austrian international Max Wober and are now looking to add further attacking reinforcements in the coming weeks.

Adams, 26, has failed to live up to expectations with the Saints, scoring just 29 goals in over 120 appearances following his £15 million move in July 2019. [Sky Sports]

Writing on The Athletic website on 26 December, Phil Hay reported that Adams could be a target for the Whites this month.

Now, with less than 18 months remaining on his original five-year contract, former Eurosport journalist Jones believes the striker could be an appealing option for Victor Orta and Marsch at Elland Road.

“Sometimes players just need that new environment or a new lease of life,” he told GiveMeSport.

“He hasn’t got that from his new manager and I think that might be one telling factor here.

“Southampton have changed managers and things haven’t turned around, it does make me wonder if he might be a bit more open to listening to offers if they do come in.”

Solid option

Although Adams might not be the blockbuster move many Leeds fans have dreamt of over the past few months, he does know how to find the back of the net and could prove a shrewd move.

The Whites are desperately short of a typical number nine who can lead Marsch’s line, and Adams could come at a reasonable price and fills this glaring gap in their squad.

Adams might not have been at his free-scoring best down on the south coast this season, but that is in a struggling Saints side who haven’t created many chances under new manager Nathan Jones.

If the 26-year-old were allowed to leave the South Coast, it might well give him a new lease of life. In a Leeds side brimming with creativity from wide areas, Adams’ poaching abilities may well be put to good use.

The one roadblock to a move would be the striker’s relationship with Jones and whether the new boss wants Adams as his long-term number-nine at the St Mary’s Stadium.

In other Leeds United news, the club are in talks over three January moves, with Jesse Marsch eyeing up a first-team striker.