Leeds United have joined Nottingham Forest in the race to sign Southampton striker Che Adams in January, Football Insider can reveal.

Forest have already made a move for the 23-year-old by tabling a loan offer for him yesterday.

A Southampton source has told Football Insider there is also interest in the striker from Leeds as they look to strengthen their attack when the window opens.

Adams has struggled to make an impression for the Saints since signing from Birmingham City in the summer for £15million.

He has yet to score for the Premier League club from 14 appearances and has not started  a league match since September.

But it remains to be seen whether Southampton will be willing to offload such an expensive signing when they are in the middle of a relegation battle.

Adams earned a move to the top flight after scoring 22 league goals for Birmingham last season.

The ex-Sheffield United man is proven in the Championship and that is why he is on the radar of promotion chasers Forest and Leeds.

The east Midlands club have made the first formal move for Adams as they look to steal an early march on rivals.

Leeds are also in the market for a striker amid doubts over whether loanee Eddie Nketiah will still be at Elland Road for the second half of the season.

United are keen on Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, who is available on loan, but they currently lag behind Swansea City and Huddersfield in the race to land him.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal that the club are working on late-December signing as they aim to use the ‘Bielsa factor’.