“No Surprise”: Journalist Reveals £12 Million Southampton Star Could Leave In January

Southampton could look to bolster their attacking department in January, with one player rumoured to be heading in the opposite direction, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Saints are on an excellent run of form in the Championship this season and a victory away at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon extended the side’s unbeaten run to 15 games in the league.

Russell Martin’s men are still recovering from a dismal September which saw the club suffer four-straight defeats, all coming against fellow promotion candidates Leicester City, Ipswich Town, Middlesbrough and Sunderland by an aggregate scoreline of 11-2.

Southampton’s last loss came just after the September international break and Martin’s side are currently chasing the rest of the pack, sitting in fourth place, seven points behind Ipswich who face Leicester on Boxing Day.

Playing an exciting brand of football, the Saints boast the fifth-best goalscoring record in the league this season with 38 goals in 23 matches, while star forward Adam Armstrong is the second-highest scorer in England’s second tier with 12 goals to his name.

However, the club on the south coast could be set to lose some attacking threat over the coming weeks. Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Dean Jones admitted that the side may need to replace Che Adams in January, with the former Birmingham City attacker being linked with a move away from the St. Mary’s Stadium.

“Yeah, definitely. I think that when you’re in Southampton’s position, the one thing you can’t afford to let slip is your goal threat. And at the moment, there does seem to be that slight worry that they are two injuries away from that declining so they’re going to have to contemplate signing a striker in January.

“Che Adams, it is no surprise to most Saints fans that he might leave in January. There is probably a certain element of Saints fans that probably would rather at this point he just moved on so that you could draw a line under all this and actually find somebody that definitely wanted to be at the club.”

It was revealed during the summer window that Southampton were in talks with Premier League side Everton over a £12 million sale of Adams but a deal never came to fruition,
Furthermore, with Martin recently confirming that Ross Stewart will be out for the rest of the season, Southampton could be left quite bare up top should Adams leave, especially since it has also been reported that Sekou Mara is a transfer target for French outfit Lille.
Writer’s View
It is clear from the summer that Adams was keen to get a move away from the club and that Southampton were willing to allow him to leave for the right price. However, given Stewart will be out yet again with a long-term injury, selling the Scotland international without signing a replacement is self-slaughter.
Nevertheless, Adams has scored merely four goals in 20 matches this season so Southampton can certainly upgrade on these numbers by using the money recouped from his departure.

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