Leeds United have been told by Southampton that striker target Che Adams will not be available for transfer this window, Football Insider understands.
The Whites are in the market for a front man after Jean-Kevin Augustin’s wretched spell following his January arrival on a loan-to-buy deal.
United moved for the injury-ravaged Frenchman after they had a £19million bid for the Southampton forward accepted in January before a late change of heart from manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
A Saints source has told Football Insider that Adams’ post-lockdown form has convinced Hassenhuttl to knock back offers again this summer.
He scored four goals after the restart, including three in the final two matches of the season, in wins against Sheffield United and Bournemouth.
Hassenhuttl is now convinced Adams can be a real force at Premier League level following a difficult start to his Southampton career.
Adams, 24, had been all sort to move to Leeds in January in a deal they had begun working on last December.
At that point, the striker was keen to be at a club where he would play regularly after growing frustrated at playing second fiddle to Danny Ings and Shane Long at St Mary’s Stadium.
He had joined the Saints in a £15m deal from Birmingham City last summer after outstanding Championship campaign.
Adams ended his debut season in the top flight with four goals in 35 matches in all competitions, although only 12 of those games were Premier League starts.