Revealed: Key new development in Leeds bid to sign Che Adams
Leeds United will make a new move for Che Adams this weekend as they try to prise him from Southampton, Football Insider has learned.
The Yorkshire giants have had three offers for the forward knocked back by the Premier League club but have not given up hope of a new deal.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club will hold fresh talks in a bid to persuade Southampton to accept their loan-to-buy offer for Adams.
United have structured a deal worth £20million in total although the payments for the fee would not begin until the summer.
Southampton chairman Gao Jisheng may be willing to negotiate, especially if the club succeed in their pursuits of Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker-Peters and QPR attacker Bright-Osayi Samuels.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier today, the Saints have climbed above Crystal Palace and are now in pole position to land Walker-Peters by next week.
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Signals from the Saints hierarchy and the Premier League club’s pursuit of other signings have given Leeds some encouragement that a deal can be agreed for Adams by next Friday’s transfer cut-off.
This is despite a series of ‘hands-off’ warnings from Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who wants to keep Adams in his squad for the second half of the campaign.
The striker, who was signed from Birmingham City for £15m last summer, is a regular member of Hasenhuttl’s squad but is not a first choice.
He was overlooked for the starting XI in midweek even though Danny Ings was rested as Southampton paired Shane Long and 19-year-old Michael Obafemi up front.
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