Southampton are reportedly preparing to walk away from negotiations to sign Birmingham City striker Che Adams if the Championship club demand too much, according to a report published by The Daily Echo.
After flirting with relegation during the past season, the Saints need to reinforce most areas of their side if they want to perform solidly in the Premier League next season.
Signing Adams would be a step in the right direction for Southampton. The 22-year-old was one of the best strikers in the English second-tier during the past season as he went on to bag 22 goals and record four assists from 46 games.
The Saints have long been linked with the signature of Adams and reportedly tried to sign him during the January transfer window.
The attacker would be a good fit at St Mary’s. He is gifted with pace and given his age could be a good investment for the future for Southampton.
The Saints have so far brought in just one player this summer, with winger Moussa Djenepo having arrived at the club for £14 million.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to develop an improved side this summer. At the same time, he also wants to avoid engaging in negotiations that will ultimately lead to nothing productive happening.
The Saints fans will hope the club’s hierarchy can add a prolific striker to the first-team squad before next season as this is an area that has let the side down over the last 18-24 months.
The south coast club will certainly have other names on their transfer shortlist to reinforce the front-line ahead of next season should a deal for Adams not pan out.
A Southampton move for Adams has been slightly complicated after Gary Monk was sacked as manager of Birmingham.