Southampton set to beat Crystal Palace, Burnley to 22-goal forward

Dan Butterfield
Che Adams Birmingham City

Southampton are closing in on Birmingham City forward Che Adams who has also been targeted by Crystal Palace and Burnley. 

The Saints had a £8m rejected for Adams in January but are now set to return for the Championship forward with a bid of around £14m expected.

Southampton have already added Moussa Djenepo this summer and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping that Adams will be his second transfer as boss.

However, Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Burnley are also interested in a move for Adams so Southampton will have to work quickly to bring in the forward.

Southampton currently have Danny Ings, Shane Long and Charlie Austin in their ranks but with the latter of those expected to leave this summer, Southampton will look to improve their ability to score goals after a disappointing season.

Adams enjoyed a very successful season on a personal level, hitting 22 goals in the Championship. He also picked up Birmingham’s Supporters Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Top Goalscorer and Goal of the Season awards at the end of the season ceremony.

Having come through non league clubs Oadby Town and Ilkeston, Adams was signed by Sheffield United in 2014 for a six figure fee. The 22 year old scored 15 goals in 55 appearances for the Blades before moving to St Andrews in a reported £2m deal.

Adams progression has continued at Birmingham, scoring 7 in his first season, 9 in his next before firing 22 last season. 2 goals in a win against Leeds United being a particular highlight.

The forward is available for both England and Scotland internationally but has yet to pledge his allegiance despite requests from Scotland to play for them.