Southampton are prepared to offload key striker Che Adams this month as three Premier League teams consider a swoop, according to Sky Sports News.
The Scotland international was the subject of heavy interest from Everton throughout the summer following the Saints’ relegation to the Championship, with a £12 million move touted in August. However, the move failed to come to fruition and he remained at St Mary’s.
Adams started the season in formidable form, scoring in Southampton’s first three league games. He then hit a barren spell before netting in the 1-1 draw against Watford in December.
Although appearing as a substitute in three of Russell Martin’s last four matchday squads, the former Birmingham City man has scored three times, bringing his season tally to seven in all competitions.
It’s been widely reported that several Premier League clubs are watching his situation closely, with relegation-threatened Burnley linked with a move last month. According to Sky Sports, a trio of top flight teams are considering making an offer before the end of the transfer window this month, with Southampton willing to sell.
Three Premier League teams are interested in signing Southampton striker Che Adams 👀 pic.twitter.com/bNBQZ4Z8Si
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 9, 2024
This month represents the Hampshire outfit’s last chance to secure a fee for the player, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. Unless fresh terms are agreed, he will be free to leave once the transfer window opens in the summer, which appears to have forced Southampton’s hand. However, the 27-year-old is said to be keen to return to the Premier League.
It is believed that Everton remain interested and although the report doesn’t name any teams, Wolverhampton Wanderers are another considered to be in the hunt.
Wolves have won their last three fixtures to ease their relegation worries, although Everton’s 10-point deduction leaves them languishing just outside the drop zone in 17th.
Southampton are looking for an immediate return to the top table and currently sit third in the Championship. Their squad is big enough to cope with Adams’ potential departure and they do have money to spend following a summer of big money departures in the previous transfer window.
Southampton are looking good value to pip Ipswich Town to an automatic promotion spot this season after closing the gap between the two clubs to just three points in recent weeks. Whereas the preference would be to keep a player of Adams’ calibre, they are not short of attacking options and could seek to replace if they can get a deal done soon enough.
It appears as if his exit would be one that would suit all parties, whereas he could provide a boost to a team such as Everton. The Toffees pulled themselves out of the relegation places before Christmas but have lost their last three and will be looking over their shoulders.