The Southampton striker is said to be on Frank Lampard’s list of targets, but Crook thinks his price tag could be problematic for the Merseyside club.
What is the latest news involving Adams?
According to The Telegraph, Adams is firmly in Lampard’s sights as Everton look to bring in a new centre-forward before September’s transfer deadline.
They could face competition, however, with The Sun previously claiming that Leeds United were lining up a move for the 26-year-old.
Everton’s interest in Adams comes amid Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence from the squad.
What has Crook said about Adams and Everton?
Crook has told GIVEMESPORT that it could take a bid of up to £20m to convince Southampton to sell Adams this summer.
Speaking to GMS, the talkSPORT reporter said: “I think it would take a bid of £18-20m for Southampton to sell Che Adams, and I just don’t see where Everton are going to get that kind of financial power from so late in a window that’s already been difficult for them.”
Why does Lampard want Adams?
As already mentioned, Calvert-Lewin is not available for selection right now, leaving Everton extremely light up front.
Following Richarlison’s departure to Tottenham earlier this summer, Salomon Rondon is the only other recognised No.9 at Goodison Park and he really struggled last season.
In 20 league outings, the 32-year-old scored just the sole goal, so centre-forward is clearly a problem area for Lampard.
This term, in Calvert-Lewin’s absence, Anthony Gordon has been playing there, but he is not a natural striker and could be off to Chelsea.
According to The Telegraph, the English youngster is eager to move to the west London club, who have already had an offer turned down for him.
When you consider all of that, it is no surprise that Lampard is targeting a forward like Adams. Unfortunately for the Everton manager, though, it seems the Southampton star’s price tag could make agreeing a deal difficult.
That, however, could change if the Merseyside outfit go on to sell Gordon, whose sale could potentially bring in more than £50m.
Whatever the case, be it Adams or someone else, it is clear that Lampard cannot wait until January for a new striker to be signed.