Everton are pondering a move for Birmingham City star striker Che Adams, according to Football League World.
A source from within the Toffees is claimed to have told FLW that our scouts made regular checks on the 22-year-old during the recent Championship campaign, and were so impressed by the Leicester-born forward’s 22 goals, five assists that Director of Football Marcel Brands and his transfer team are considering an official approach.
Football League World do not suggest how much we are willing to pay for Adams, but this is not the first time we have been linked with him, either.
Back in April, it was suggested Brands considered the 22-year-old a ‘potential star in the making’, and could line up a move as Marco Silva will need added firepower at the top of the pitch if we are to challenge the top six next season.
That could potentially spell bad news for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who ended the recent campaign as Silva’s leading man, despite struggling to find the back of the net.
But, adding a clinical talent like Adams – who many see as one of the hottest properties in the Football League – would hopefully give Calvert-Lewin the push he needs so that we can see the England U21 international reach higher levels than what he has so far offered. After all, Adams kept Calvert-Lewin on the bench when the pair were at Sheffield United together.
We are not the only side said to be interested in Adams, though, as Newcastle were linked with the former England U20 international recently, while Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Celtic all scouted him earlier in the year.
Southampton and Burnley, meanwhile, made efforts to sign Birmingham’s hitman in January but were rejected by the St Andrew’s natives, as the Championship side were unable to secure a replacement at the time thanks to an EFL imposed transfer ban, which ultimately led to a points deduction.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s interest has not diminished since, however, and while reports suggested a £15million bid was on the cards, the Daily Mail understand Birmingham recently rejected an £8million offer by the Saints.
Gary Monk’s outfit are reluctant to part ways with Adams on the cheap, as the player is in such high demand and counts towards the Premier League’s homegrown quota.