By Craig Scott

15th Jan, 2020 | 5:00pm

Leeds offer to sign PL forward has convinced some board members - report

Leeds United appear to have made a small amount of progress in their bid to sign Che Adams from Southampton this month.

On Monday, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds had made an improved offer to sign the 23-year-old forward, who is their top target for the remainder of the January transfer window.

Leeds had an initial bid turned down by the Premier League club but their latest move to sign Adams is still being considered.

There has now been an update on Leeds’ new offer, with LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross reporting that there are some members of the Southampton board that are convinced the financial aspects of the deal are fair.

However one huge hurdle remains in Leeds’ way and that is that Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is adamant that Adams is going nowhere this month because he needs him to make up the numbers in his attack for the rest of the season.

“The main conversations down there were across Sunday and Monday when Ralph Hasenhuttl met with his bosses at St Mary’s,” said Cross on the LeedsLive website on Wednesday. “The bottom line is he does not want Adams to leave the club and it looks unlikely they will cross him on that, especially in light of the team’s recent form.

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“There are some at Saints who clearly feel there are legs in the deal and think the finances on United’s offer, which is still being considered, are right for the club. However, you feel Hasenhuttl will have the final say.

“Money will always talk, but United do not have a bottomless pit of cash and, you would assume, their offer is already on the high side to even get a PL side to take a look.”

Southampton have put a lot of faith in Hasenhuttl since hiring him as manager last season.

The Austrian helped them avoid relegation to the Championship and has overseen a very strong run of form in the Premier League over the last couple of months.

Southampton’s board are bound to continue showing faith in the 52-year-old, which is why they are more than likely to stick with his judgement rather than their own.

Adams is yet to score for the south coast club since his £15million switch from Birmingham in the summer but you cannot deny that Hasenhuttl’s loyalty to his struggling striker is commendable.

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