By Craig Scott

12th Aug, 2022 | 4:40pm

Phil Hay says there’s a possibility Leeds United will sign Southampton centre-forward Che Adams before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

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

Leeds were strongly linked with Adams back in January 2020 when they were trying to win promotion from the Championship and it seems as though that interest hasn’t completely gone away.

The Athletic journalist Hay says that Adams does suit what Leeds want and hasn’t ruled out a last-ditch swoop for him later in the transfer window.

“He’s been linked,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast (12 August, 18m16s).

“It’s no secret that Leeds like him – or liked him – going back to 2020. When they did Jean-Kevin Augustin, it was Adams they thought they would have done earlier in the month only for Southampton turning and deciding to keep him.

“It’s a possibility and he looks to me like the type of player who if at the end of the month Leeds decided they needed a striker and weren’t quite sure how much they wanted to invest and didn’t want to block Gelhardt’s pathway, then Adams falls into the category of player who might fit.

“There seems to be other interest in him though. Everton are touted as a possible move for him and he was on the bench against Spurs last weekend.

“It does feel from Southampton’s perspective that he’s somebody who, if they get offered the right amount of money, will be allowed to go.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

Leeds need to sign a new striker.

Patrick Bamford can be amazing but he missed almost all of last season through various injury issues and you cannot rule out that he’s lost some of his touch or could be injured again this term.

If he does, who replaces him up front?

Does Jesse Marsch finally trust Joe Gelhardt? Or does he go down the Marcelo Bielsa route of continually trying with Daniel James and Rodrigo at the spearhead of the attack.

It grew very tiresome last season watching those two used as strikers when Leeds should have and could have gone into the transfer market and bought a proper centre-forward.

Adams is exactly that and while he’s not the most prolific, he’s definitely a good back-up for Bamford and his link-up play means he should be a decent fit in the Leeds side.

Leeds are in a race against the clock to sign a new striker if they want one.

We do worry that there’s a feeling creeping into the hierarchy at Leeds that the squad is acceptable as it is but this shouldn’t be it as far as we’re concerned.

We’re selling ourselves short if we don’t sign a new striker.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has named two forwards linked with Leeds with a major transfer update shared.