Leeds United chiefs

Noel Whelan claims that Southampton striker Che Adams is a “ready-made” player for Leeds United as the Whites make an approach for his capture.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road says the 23-year-old is what his old side need this window after seeing Eddie Nketiah’s loan cut short.

As revealed by Football Insider, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have made a formal approach to take the Saints striker on loan to fill the void left by Nketiah’s early exit.

Whelan says that unlike the Arsenal youngster, Adams has a proven pedigree in the Championship and that he would get more game time in his battle with Patrick Bamford.

“He’s not getting first-team football at Southampton, he’s not guaranteed that either,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“What he is going to do is probably playing more regularly than Eddie Nketiah, what he is is a ready-made striker or wide-man, whichever way you want to look at it. He can play across that front three on either wing or through the middle.

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“This is a player that would fit right in to the way Marcelo Bielsa likes to play. He likes a player that can give you options, he can give you that straight away. He’s ready to go, he doesn’t seem to be first choice at Southampton.

“He will be a great acquisition for the second half of the season and trust me, he will be needed, I’m sure Leeds United fans would love to see him at Elland Road.”

Adams scored 22 goals in the Championship last season with Birmingham City but is yet to find the back of the net for his new club, with 18 appearances under his belt for the Saints.

He has a total of 116 appearances and 34 goals in the second-tier.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal that a number of clubs are lining up for a 29-year-old Bielsa is willing to sell.