Leeds United have joined two other Premier League clubs in the race to sign RB Salzburg striker Junior Adamu, according to a report.
RB Salzburg will be selling one striker this summer when Karim Adeyemi moves to Borussia Dortmund. He will follow in the footsteps of Erling Haaland in making such a transfer. Afterwards, the Austrian side could yet have another attacker on the conveyor belt to cash in on.
Junior Adamu has been attracting interest after scoring nine goals from 43 appearances this season. His tallies included seven goals from 30 games in the Austrian Bundesliga.
The 21-year-old is emerging onto the radar of clubs across Europe as a result. He was recently listed as a target for West Ham and Southampton by the Daily Mail.
Adamu was given his Salzburg debut by current Leeds boss Jesse Marsch in 2020. It was the only time he played for him, but they could reunite at Elland Road.
Leeds have already made one signing from Salzburg ahead of the 2022-23 season. Attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson will finally be joining after months of links.
Adamu has shared a pitch with Aaronson 35 times for the Austrian outfit. Now – just like full-back Rasmus Kristensen could be about to – there is a chance he could follow in his footsteps.
After narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship, it will be important for Leeds to strengthen their squad this summer. Finding more depth up front will be important after they suffered in the absence of Patrick Bamford this season.
Suitors queuing up for Junior Adamu
However, for Adamu to be the man to provide it, they will have to beat off plenty of competition. West Ham haven’t signed a striker since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January 2021, while Southampton could be deprived of Armando Broja after his loan from Chelsea.
What’s more, West Ham have Europa Conference League football on offer for the upcoming campaign. Neither Southampton nor Leeds can offer continental involvement, which Adamu would also be able to experience – at Champions League level – by staying at Salzburg.
Despite his contract there running until 2025, he has several escape routes opening up to him. The report has also outlined interest from within the German Bundesliga.
The suitors there are RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hertha Berlin. Presumably, Leipzig may have an advantage due to the Red Bull connection, but it doesn’t always work that way.
Leeds developing transfer theme
If Leeds firm up their interest in Adamu after also going after Aaronson and Kristensen, it could be a strong base from which to build.
It is important for Marsch to get players in that he trusts, whether he has worked with them before or not.
Going back to the Red Bull group for players should give him a comfortable starting point. What’s more, Leeds seem to be looking at the right areas of their squad to upgrade.
Adamu is a player with potential, although at the age of 21 has margin for growth. There would not be immediate pressure on him to deliver, but he could be useful.
It is therefore little surprise to see Leeds entering the race to sign him. The competition could be tough, though.