Leeds United have seen an offer to make Southampton striker Che Adams our club-record signing rejected, according to Sky Sports.
Marcelo Bielsa is searching for added firepower in the winter market after Arsenal decided to recall England Under 21 striker Eddie Nketiah, and has so far seen Director of Football Victor Orta fail to acquire any centre-forwards.
The club have already completed our first purchase of the window with the arrival of goalkeeper Elia Caprile on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Chievo Verona.
Adams is a target very much admired by club chiefs at Elland Road, with the latest offer to be rejected by Southampton our third attempt at landing the Leicester-born striker this month.
The offer would have seen Adams leave St. Mary’s on loan for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign, and include a £20million obligation to purchase the 23-year-old should we secure promotion into the Premier League.
Southampton have once again denied our approach for Adams, whom they signed from Birmingham City in July last year for £15m.
Adams is yet to score a Premier League goal for the south coast side in his 18 top-flight appearances to date, and was unable to convert any of his chances against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup Third Round earlier this month as he penned his third assist for the Saints.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is staying firm in his opposition to losing Adams in the mid-season window, having insisted that the former England U20 attacker is happy at St. Mary’s, does not wish to leave the club and is very much a part of his plans going forward with the Europa League qualifying spots in reach.
Would Adams have been worth a club-record fee?
Had Southampton accepted our latest loan-to-buy offer, Adams would have become our most-expensive signing in club history – promotion dependent – with the £20m obligation enough to eclipse Rio Ferdinand’s £18m arrival from West Ham United in November 2000.
The figure paid to the Hammers made Ferdinand the most expensive signing in club history, British football’s most expensive player and the world’s most expensive defender, though would do little to make Adams take such a claim.
Neymar’s move from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 is the modern-day world’s most expensive transfer at €222m (£187.1m), Gareth Bales’ switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013 is the most lucrative deal including a British player at €100.8m (£84.9m) and Harry Maguire’s move from Leicester City to Manchester United last summer is the most expensive deal involving a defender at £80m.
In other Leeds United news, the club have been linked with a €10million, 18-goal forward but appear to have missed out on his signature.