By Wayne Veysey
Everton have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Birmingham City striker Che Adams as he closes in on a £15million transfer to Southampton, Football Insider understands.
The Merseysiders have been in the hunt for the 22-year-old this summer along with the Saints, Burnley and newly-promoted Norwich City but he is on the verge of a move to the Saints in the coming days.
An Everton source has told Football Insider their scouts kept close tabs on Adams last season and recommended him to recruitment chief Marcel Brands and manager Marco Silva as a centre-forward capable of making the step up to the Premier League.
But Silva was concerned whether Adams has the technical quality and hold-up play to thrive in his team’s playing style, which has a big emphasis on moving the ball around quickly among the forwards.
The striker also wants to join a club where he can be a regular starter, something that is far more likely at Southampton than it would be at Everton.
The Merseysiders remain in the market for a central striker who can challenge Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a starting role next season, while they will listen to offers for Cenk Tosun.
Silva regards reinforcements in attack as a key priority in the transfer window after completing the signing of midfielder Andre Gomes from Barcelona last week.