TalkSPORT claim that Leeds United are keeping tabs on Southampton striker Che Adams with Everton holding a long-standing interest in the Scotland international – but Saints boss Nathan Jones has ruled out a January exit for Adams.

Adams, 26, has been in decent form for the Saints this season. He has eight goals in 24 games, half of which have come in four Carabao Cup fixtures – which sees Jones’ side currently in the semi-finals, losing the first leg to Newcastle.

Leeds have of course been linked with Adams in the past. The Whites tried to sign Adams in the same summer he went to Southampton from Birmingham City for £15m. Six months later, they tried to get him in on loan from the Saints.

TalkSPORT now say that Leeds are still keeping tabs on Adams, despite boasting the likes of Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and new signing Georginio Rutter. The competition has seen Joe Gelhardt move out on loan, joining Sunderland.

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The report claims Everton also have interest in Adams – who has 22 caps and six goals for Liam Cooper’s Scotland. But, Saints boss Jones said in today’s press conference that he is not for sale: “Let’s be honest, that’s not going to happen.”

Leeds keeping tabs on Adams but Saints boss Jones rules out January exit

Adams is a good striker and can score goals in the Premier League. He has strength, his work rate is undeniable and he is more than adept at creating, too. But, Leeds simply do not need a striker. We have three options in the no.9 role.

Even past Rodrigo, Bamford and Rutter, Leeds have Gelhardt out on loan and Mateo Joseph coming through the ranks. So, if Leeds are to do more business before Tuesday’s 11pm deadline, it is very unlikely that it will be a striker.

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