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Leeds United agreed a sensational £19million fee for Che Adams with Southampton during the January window, Michael Brown has revealed.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-United midfielder explained how he’s been told by club sources the lengths they went to in a bid to finalise the transfer of the striker.

Leeds held extensive talks with the Premier League club about a loan-to-buy deal for Adams before Southampton blocked him moving last month following a late U-turn.

Brown, who is well connected at Elland Road after spending three years at the club during his playing days, revealed what he has been told about the pursuit of Adams.

He told Football Insider: “Che Adams was agreed, I think at £17million, then Southampton said, ‘can you increase that bid’?

“Adams wanted to go [to Leeds], then the price went up £2million more. Leeds met that, it was agreed [at £19m], and then the Southampton manager stepped in and said, ‘Do you know what? I want to keep him’.

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“Adams had contributed to the team, the manager got stronger at Southampton, regarding their results, and Adams obviously stayed where he was so Leeds probably missed out on that nine that they wanted.”

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.

Danny Ings and Shane Long are the first choice strikers at Southampton and Adams has started only two Premier League matches since September.

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