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06 January 2020 22:35

Leeds United are confident of signing Southampton striker Che Adams on loan this month, according to a report.

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Leeds United target Che Adams punished Marcelo Bielsa ‘mistake’ last season

Leeds United are reportedly keen on a deal for Southampton forward Che Adams. It has been reported by numerous sources, including the Daily Mail, that the forward is on Leeds United's transfer shortlist for the January window. The Whites need a new forward following Eddie Nketiah's return to parent club Arsenal, who had become impatient with his loan spell. Adams only joined Southampton in a £15 million move (fee reported by The Telegraph) from Birmingham City in the summer but has struggled with the step up to the Premier League. However, Leeds United fans are fully aware of how devastating Adams can be in the Championship.

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Last season, Marcelo Bielsa's unbeaten start to life as Leeds United manager came crashing down in a shock 2-1 loss to Birmingham City at Elland Road in September. The goalscorer for the Blues that day was Adams, bagging both goals. It was a game in which Marcelo Bielsa admitted a tactical 'mistake' in his post-match press conference, as reported by the BBC. Bielsa had to haul of Kalvin Phillips in the first-half to rectify it. Adams took full advantage.

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"Phillips had to assume the consequences for the mistake I made. When I corrected the mistake, the rival had already scored two goals. It is a high price to pay for a tactical mistake." The youngster did not stop there. In April, he put one of the nails in Leeds United's promotion coffin as Birmingham completed the double over the Whites. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at St Andrew's.

Leeds United are therefore fully aware of the impact Adams can have at this level. No wonder they are sniffing around. Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United are reportedly interested in Southampton forward Che Adams. Noel Whelan has said on BBC Radio Leeds that Southampton forward Che Adams would be a good signing for Leeds United. According to The Telegraph, Leeds are interested in securing the services of Adams on loan from Premier League outfit Southampton in the January transfer window. The report has also credited the Whites' Championship rivals Nottingham Forest with interest in the 23-year-old. Former Leeds striker Whelan believes that Adams would be a good signing for Marcelo Bielsa's side, although Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has said that the Englishman will not leave this month. Whelan said about Adams to Leeds speculation on BBC Radio Leeds: "It would make sense to me because he is a player that can play all the way across the front three, through the centre, down the right, down the left, and he has got a proven record of scoring." Hasenhuttl told The Southern Daily Echo about Adams: "I wouldn't consider loaning him out, I need every player, especially in an attacking position as we don't have many. "He's not so happy in the moment because he didn't play that often and hasn't scored so far but we know what we have with him and we know that we need him." Good signing for Leeds United? Adams may have failed to make an impact at Southampton so far this season, but the 23-year-old has a good record in the Championship, and he would enhance Leeds's chances of clinching automatic promotion to the Premier League. According to WhoScored, the forward scored 22 goals and provided four assists in the Championship for Birmingham last season. Leeds are at the top of the Championship table at the moment with 52 points from 26 matches. Leeds United are confident of signing Southampton striker Che Adams on loan this month, according to a report. Leeds United are reportedly at the head of the queue to sign Southampton striker Che Adams on loan. The 23-year-old joined the Saints over the summer off the back of scoring 22 Championship goals for Birmingham City during an impressive 2018-19 campaign. Adams has struggled to make his mark in the Premier League, though, failing to register in 15 top-flight outings since arriving at St Mary's. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl recently insisted that the striker, who started Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash with Huddersfield Town, would not be leaving the club during the January window. However, according to Football Insider, Leeds have privately been given encouragement that they will be able to sign the centre-forward before the end of the month. Indeed, the report claims that the Whites are now ahead of Nottingham Forest in the race for Adams, who has scored 34 times in 116 appearances at Championship level. Marcelo Bielsa's side are in the market for a new attacker having seen England Under-21 international Eddie Nketiah return to parent club Arsenal. body check tags::