Leeds: 76-goal star's arrival 'would be surprising' at Elland Road

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Leeds United ‘like’ Southampton striker Che Adams but a transfer for the 26-year-old is not imminent at Elland Road, according to Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton.

Jesse Marsch has overseen a busy summer window but still has time to add to his squad ahead of the September 1 deadline.

What is the latest news on Che Adams?

According to The Sun, Leeds were considering a move for the Scotland international at the end of July.

The report claimed that the Whites were looking to do a deal for around £10 million and that there was optimism that an agreement could be struck with the Saints.

However, Leeds are not alone in their pursuit. Journalist Simon Phillips has previously told GIVEMESPORT that Everton boss Frank Lampard has made the 26-year-old his top priority for the remainder of the summer window.

Adams would be interested in a move to Goodison Park before the deadline, according to MailOnline, with Nottingham Forest and Wolves also eyeing the forward.

Meanwhile, Leeds continue to be linked with a move for FC Zurich striker Wilfried Gnonto, with Football Insider reporting that personal terms have been agreed with the 18-year-old.

What has Thornton said on the race for Adams?

Thornton understands that Leeds like the Southampton ace but says that a deal is not imminent.

The Sky Sports reporter adds that he would be shocked if the transfer goes through before the window shuts.

Thornton told GIVEMESPORT: “They like him, but from conversations that I’ve had, I don’t think he’s one that’s imminent for Leeds. I’d be surprised if he were to move to Leeds before the window closes.”

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Why are Leeds chasing a striker?

Patrick Bamford has taken his game to another level since Leeds were promoted back to the Premier League in the summer of 2020.

In 76 Premier League appearances he has found the back of the net 20 times and provided a further 10 assists.

However, the 28-year-old has struggled badly with injuries, missing a total of 30 games last term with various issues.

Adding greater firepower to his side could well help Marsch steer clear of another relegation battle.

Adams has an impressive record in the Premier League, scoring 22 goals in 98 appearances for Southampton, taking his career tally to 76, and it is easy to see why he has been targeted at Elland Road.

The £52,000 per-week star has also now scored four goals in his last two appearances in all competitions, meaning he has the potential to hit the ground running for his new club.

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