Birmingham have told Southampton and Burnley they will only sell in-demand striker Che Adams for £15million – and it seems the asking price will be enough to dissuade them from making a firm offer.
Blues striker Adams has been linked with a move to the Premier League duo after they submitted enquiries for the 22-year-old, who has enjoyed a fantastic season thus far. Saints’ initial offer is understood to have totalled £8million – a bid the Championship promotion hopefuls were quick to rebuff.
And we understand Birmingham have no wish to move the striker on and have attempted to deter offers by placing a £15million tag on his head.
Manager Garry Monk repeated the ‘not for sale’ mantra after Adams scored an outstanding goal in Birmingham’s 3-3 draw at Swansea on Tuesday.
Monk said: “It’s the transfer window, every single window if your players are doing well there will always be speculation.
“And Che has been doing fantastically. The speculation is there but the club are on the same page as me – we can’t afford to lose our best players.
“We have had enough difficulties in terms of the squad that we have got as it is. They know that.
“In terms of anything financial and those type of decisions, that’s with the club but I have not been made aware of anything so my only focus is on the football.
“I think you have seen tonight from Che’s performance just how focused he is on us having a good season and him doing well for Birmingham City.
“He has not come to me and said anything at all. I have had nothing come across my table that’s anything that I need to concern myself with.
“Like I said those things are for the club, at this moment as far as I am aware it’s speculation and I don’t concentrate on speculation. I concentrate on the football and you saw tonight how focused Che is on the football.”
Adams has scored 15 times this season, bringing him to the attention of the Premier League duo.
Burnley are looking for a replacement for Sam Vokes, who they have agreed to sell to Stoke, though they look like bringing in veteran Peter Crouch as part of the deal.