By Craig Scott

31st Jul, 2022 | 8:40pm

Phil Hay responds as Leeds United linked with 'shock' £10m Che Adams transfer

Phil Hay isn’t convinced that Leeds United will be making a move to sign Southampton striker Che Adams before the summer transfer window closes.

The Sun reported on Saturday night (30 July) that the Whites are lining up a “shock” move to sign the 26-year-old Scotland international for around £10million.

However, The Athletic journalist Hay has all but ruled out a move for the former Sheffield United striker at this stage of the summer.

“It goes without saying that Leeds rate Adams given that they were close to signing him in January 2020,” said Hay on The Athletic website on Sunday (31 July).

“But I don’t see him becoming a leading option unless a signing is still eluding the club later in the window.”

Decent back-up

Adams is a player who’s been linked with Leeds for a few years and Hay even says that in January 2020, he was close to joining the Whites when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge.

Leeds definitely need to bolster their front line and if Adams can be signed for £10million, we’re all for it as he’s proven in the Premier League and seems affordable.

Patrick Bamford was hit by several major injury issues last season, leading to him barely playing and the Whites struggling for goals.

Bielsa and Jesse Marsch both tried with Dan James and Rodrigo up front to no avail while Joe Gelhardt was continually overlooked, perhaps due to his lack of experience.

But if Bamford gets injured again, Adams is a worth stand-in with the ex-Birmingham striker scoring 20 times in 96 Premier League appearances across his career.

Unfortunately, Hay has played down the speculation linking the Leicester-born Scotland international with a move to Elland Road but we don’t think it’s one that should be written off.

If the Whites have £10million left in the budget and Southampton are open to a sale, it should be a deal that Victor Orta jumps on board with.

In other Leeds United news, Hay says that the Whites did strike one deal on Sunday.