Leeds ‘encouraged’ in Che Adams transfer race amid Southampton’s latest activity

Leeds have reportedly been handed a major boost in their pursuit to sign Che Adams from Southampton .

The Whites are understood to be looking for a new striker this month to continue to build momentum as they look to get over a slump in form and clinch promotion from the Championship.

Furthermore, main frontman Patrick Bamford has struggled heavily for goals in recent weeks, failing to score since before Christmas.

Eddie Nketiah was also recalled by Arsenal from his loan spell due to a lack of playing time.

So with versatile attacker Tyler Roberts their only current back-up option, Marcelo Bielsa is desperate to add another striker to his ranks.

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Former Birmingham man Adams is thought to be at the top of his wish list, and it was thought that he may be available due to a lack of playing time at Southampton.

However, the Saints have turned down three bids for the 23-year-old, most recently a proposed loan deal with an option to buy for £20m if they are promoted to the Premier League.

There could be hope yet though, with Football Insider reporting that Southampton are looking into signing a new forward themselves.

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It’s thought that the south coast club have set their sights on QPR’s Bright Osayi-Samuel.

And a Leeds source has told Football Insider that Elland Road chiefs believe think this could have serious repercussions in Adams’ case.

The Englishman has failed to score for Southampton since joining for £15m last summer.

And it’s thought that despite Danny Ings fine form, they are are worried about their lack of firepower up front – hence their approach for pacy attacker Osayi-Samuel.

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