According to Phil Hay at The Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday hold interest in Garry Monk’s former talisman, Che Adams as the striker struggles continue at Southampton.
It is believed that despite Ralph Hasenhuttl’s public backing of Adams, the hierarchy at the club would be willing to let him go for a loan fee of £1m plus an obligation to buy for more than £10m.
Leeds United, who the Owls defeated at the weekend, appear ready to pay such a deal as they look to replace Eddie Nketiah, another reported target of Monk’s, at Elland Road.
The 23-year-old came off the bench to assist Danny Ings’ winner at Leicester City at the weekend, so for now, Hasenhuttl’s comments appear to be correct.
Wednesday’s apparent interest could throw a spanner in the works due to the previous relationship Monk and Adams held at their former club, Birmingham City.
If their desire is indeed true, then the 40-year-old should be straight on the phone to try and convince him to reunite at Hillsborough.
The Saints chiefs may be willing to part ways with the player so soon after joining despite their manager’s wish to keep him, but there could be a solution to benefit all involved – a temporary switch to Wednesday.
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It would mean that the south coast outfit gets to have another look at him in the summer ahead of next season, rather than losing him permanently to a team like Leeds, who could quite easily become a league rival next term.
Monk’s previous exploits led to Adams netting 22 goals in 46 league appearances in the Championship, maybe such a reconciliation – of sorts – could reignite that form and help Southampton long-term.
In the immediate future, it would greatly help the Owls in a time of need with top goalscorer Steven Fletcher out injured for the foreseeable future.
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The former Blues “sharp-shooter” has also been compared to Jermaine Defoe and even Ronaldo in the past by people who have worked with him, as per the Guardian.
He would be a very nice bit of business for the south Yorkshiremen this month.