Leeds United face having to go all-out in a race to sign rumoured January target Che Adams, after Swansea City lodged a formal approach to sign Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on loan.
Brewster was touted as a potential option for the Whites to chase once the mid-season market opens, as the club sought to be prepared in case Arsenal trigger the recall clause in Eddie Nketiah’s loan deal.
But, according to The Athletic, Swansea are now in the box seat to land Brewster’s services on loan, having made a formal offer to take the 19-year-old to the Liberty Stadium and offer the England U21 international regular first-team football.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has warmed to the idea of sending Brewster out on loan for the remainder of the campaign having been initially reticent to the prospect, but feels the youngster would benefit from playing senior football.
Brewster has made just two first-team appearances for the Premier League leaders thus far this season, with each outing coming in the Anfield natives’ Carabao Cup campaign.
Talks have been held between Swansea and Liverpool chiefs as they strive to thrash out a deal ahead of the January window, though an agreement has not yet been reached.
If one is made, and Arsenal take Nketiah back to North London, Director of Football Victor Orta may have to put all of his eggs in one basket and chase Southampton striker Adams.
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The forward, who moved to St. Mary’s in the summer as part of a £15million deal, is reportedly our January alternative to Brewster, and that we have lodged our interest in his services should the Saints consider a temporary deal.
Adams has struggled to cut it in the Premier League since leaving Birmingham City and singing a £50,000-per-week contract on the south coast, with Adams yet to score a single goal in any of his 17 appearances.
Marcelo Bielsa was said to have given the green light to Orta targeting Adams next month if Nketiah is recalled, but our Director of Football would face a race to secure the deal with Nottingham Forest credited as the side leading the charge.
Unlike Brewster, who has never scored a senior goal, Adams would arrive at Elland Road with bags of second-tier experience after hitting 22 goals in 46 games last season. Therefore it is the Saints man who should realistically be the forward prioritised – regardless of Swansea’s talks with Liverpool – if we are to target another striker in January, depending on what demands Southampton could make.
In other Leeds United news, a second club have entered the race to land a 5 ft 6 Whites man in January.