Leeds United are sticking with Che Adams, their number one target for the January window, despite Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl saying he wouldn’t be going anywhere in January.
That’s likely to leave Leeds fans fearing it dragging on through the window, only to fall through late on. The Dan James saga is still fresh in the mind.
However, two updates from Phil Hay have given us fresh confidence that a deal can be struck – and that the Adams saga won’t drag on without the goalposts moving significantly.
Talking on the Athletic’s Transfer Daily podcast, Hay said he had heard behind the scenes that Leeds have “confidence that they can get it [the Adams deal] done”.
Hay added, “West Brom and Nottingham Forest are also interested in Che Adams. Leeds need to take a view. Stick with it until the end of the window or move on to other targets.”
This fits in with what another Leeds journalist, Beren Cross, said on Wednesday, although he said he had heard a more pressing deadline from the club.
He said Hasenhuttl’s comments were felt by Leeds to be, “the German’s way of publicly washing his hands of the situation. He wants the fans to know he wants to keep Adams and feels he needs to, but behind the scenes there is still encouragement the Saints may be able to do something this month.”
Cross did say that Leeds want to hear positive noises about Adams “this week” or they will move on to other targets.
Hay also said that he had heard that Adams is “keen” on a move to Leeds, which negates the fears about him not wanting to come and play second fiddle to Patrick Bamford.
Talking on his Twitter account, Hay also said that the deal could be structured so that it turns into a permanent deal in the summer if Leeds get promoted.
If Southampton find a striker themselves in the January window, this would mean they could recoup the £15m they paid for Adams and that Leeds avoid any FFP issues.
loan but realistically it would probably involve a future option too.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 8, 2020
The good thing is that Leeds are already plotting alternatives if the Adams deal doesn’t come off.
Billy Sharp and an unnamed European striker are also targets for Leeds according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
And fans should note that this is a very different scenario to the Dan James deal last January.
Back then Leeds were looking to add and Marcelo Bielsa wanted Dan James.
This January, Leeds have to get a striker after Eddie Nketiah left. There is a Plan B this time because there has to be one. Leeds will get a striker – the big question is, who?
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