By Pete O’Rourke and Wayne Veysey
Southampton are set to announce the signing of Che Adams from Birmingham City after agreeing a deal worth £27million in fee and wages, Football Insider understands.
The striker, 22, will become the first high-profile addition by the Saints this summer as they strengthen their attacking ranks with a proven goalscorer.
A Southampton source has told Football Insider that Adams will undergo a medical and could be unveiled later today after BIrmingham accepted the club’s £15million bid over the weekend.
The forward has agreed the terms of a four-year contract worth £60,000-a-week, which means the initial outlay spread over the term is £27million.
That will represent good value for the Saints if Adams can replicate his prolific scoring in last season’s Championship in the Premier League.
He scored 22 league goals from 46 matches, 43 of which were starts, in the best campaign of his career as he became one of the most feared marksman outside of the top flight.
Southampton tried to land Adams in January, but Birmingham snubbed a £10million offer before caving in to the fresh interest in their prize asset amid much-documented financial problems.
The striker leaves St Andrews three years after joining from Sheffield United, where he scored 15 times in 55 matches and made his name in League One.
The Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and the director of football operations, Ross Wilson are completely overhauling the squad this summer following consecutive relegation battles.