Birmingham City’s Che Adams has continuously been linked with a move to Goodison Park since the turn of the year, but Marcel Brands will face competition from Southampton if he is to sign the Championship starlet, according to the Daily Mail.
The English newspaper are claiming Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to sign the 22-year-old as part of a complete overhaul of the South Coast natives’ attack for next season, which will see Charlie Austin leave St Mary’s after three-and-a-half-years.
Hasenhuttl is also thought to be after two wide men to sit alongside his new centre-forward, having been left unimpressed with the reliability and prolificacy of his current attacking options.
Southampton making a move for Adams in the summer would not be their first in 2019, either, as the Saints – and Burnley – were thought to have approached Birmingham during the winter, but saw Garry Monk’s outfit reject all advances.
The St Andrew’s natives knew they could not sanction their hitman’s exit during the season, as an EFL imposed transfer ban meant they would be unable to adequately replace his vital input. Birmingham were also anticipating a points deduction, which eventually came through in March, and knew Adams would be key to securing their Championship survival – the Leicester-born striker has contributed to 34% of their league goals this term.
How firm their stance is now that a second-tier berth has been secured for another year appears like it will be put to the test, as Southampton are thought to be weighing up a £15million offer for Adams.
Burnley are also claimed to be prepared to make another move, while the recently-promoted Championship title-hopefuls Norwich are now on Adams’ case.
If either of the three outfits win the race and Adams does not join the Toffees for next season, Brands will have left a portion of the fanbase disappointed, as many supporters were vocal in their admiration of the 22-goal striker when we were previously linked with him.