By Craig Scott

2nd Jan, 2020 | 7:01pm

£50k-a-wk PL player wanted by Leeds willing to drop to Championship in January - report

Southampton are reluctant to let Leeds United loan target Che Adams leave St Mary’s this month, according to the Daily Mail.

However the newspaper claims that the 23-year-old striker – who is also being eyed up by West Brom – is willing to drop down to the Championship in January in a bid to recapture his form.

Adams has not scored since joining Southampton in a £15million deal from Birmingham in the summer transfer window.

He was prolific for Blues last season in the Championship, scoring an impressive 22 goals in 46 appearances.

That form is no doubt the reason why Leeds and title rivals West Brom are in the hunt to sign Adams this month as the two Championship giants aim to seal automatic promotion to the Premier League.

It is a major boost for Leeds to know that Adams would be willing to make the drop to the second-tier but if Southampton are not prepared to loan out their £50,000-a-week [Football Insider] centre-forward then that presents a huge stumbling block.

Although Adams is yet to score for the Saints, the former Sheffield United striker has still featured regularly, earning 17 appearances in all competitions.

Adams is very much part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-team plans at St Mary’s and he would likely need a replacement in January if the Leicester-born forward is loaned out.

Leeds might have to set their sights elsewhere.

In other Leeds United news, this 27-year-old wants to quit Elland Road in January.