Southampton: £52k-a-week star could now be heading for St Mary's exit

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl looking unimpressed

Southampton striker Che Adams could still leave St Mary’s Stadium before the window closes, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

The £52,000 per-week ace’s future on the south coast has been up in the air recently following interest from several Premier League teams, and Barclay wouldn’t be surprised to see him moved on before 1 September.

What’s the latest news involving Adams?

According to the Daily Mail, the Scotland international is attracting interest from Everton, Wolves, Leeds, and Nottingham Forest.

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The report claims that Everton, who are yet to replace Richarlison and have injury concerns over Dominic Calvert-Lewin, have ‘made a move’ to sign the frontman.

This comes after talkSPORT revealed that Southampton currently have ‘no interest’ in selling Adams, who’s scored 21 goals in 112 appearances since his move from Birmingham three years ago.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl also confirmed that he won’t be leaving Saints before the window closes, but the Austrian manager left him out of the starting XI and then on the bench for the opening day defeat at Tottenham last weekend.

Adams could make his first competitive appearance of the season against Leeds this afternoon, but Barclay reckons the intense speculation means that it wouldn’t be a great surprise to see him exit the club.

What did Barclay say about Adams?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I was surprised that he was left out and when players are left out like that and not even coming off the bench, it does seem like it might be going that way.

“It doesn’t seem like Southampton will be open to loaning him, but I just wouldn’t be surprised the way it’s going if Che Adams isn’t a Southampton player by the end of this window.”

How important is Adams for Southampton?

Despite Adams’ overall goalscoring record appearing to be nothing to write home about, when he starts games he’s easily the club’s best source of goals behind James Ward-Prowse.

He’s started 68 games in three seasons and finds the net in the top-flight every 277 minutes, which is a respectable return considering he’s playing for a club who don’t score many on the whole.

And with Saints’ only other current striker options 20-year-old summer signing Mara Sekou and Adam Armstrong, who’s score twice since his big-money move last year and struggled at Tottenham, they can’t afford to lose Adams, or they could seriously be facing the threat of relegation.

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