Birmingham close on Adams deal

Che Adams scores the first goal for Sheffield United

HITC Sport understands Birmingham are confident of landing striker target

Che Adams (R) celebrates scoring Sheffield United's second goal with Billy SharpChe Adams (R) celebrates scoring Sheffield United's second goal with Billy Sharp

Birmingham City are finally close to agreeing a deal with Sheffield United for young forward Che Adams, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

United have already rejected two bids in excess of £1 million from the Blues for Adams, but the Championship are hopeful of it being a case of third time lucky with their latest offer.

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett is a big admirer of Adams and sees the 20-year-old as being a key addition to his plans at St Andrew's.

Che Adams scores the first goal for Sheffield UnitedChe Adams scores the first goal for Sheffield United

A number of other clubs in the Championship have expressed an interest in Adams, but Birmingham are desperate to win the race for the former non-league ace.

Sheffield United are reluctant to lose their prize asset, but they are close to finally admitting defeat in the battle to keep Adams in South Yorkshire.

The Blades signed Adams on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee from non-league Ilkeston in November 2014 and he has scored 15 goals in 54 appearances since his arrival at Bramall Lane.

The skilful attacker really announced himself in January 2015 with his display in the League Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham, when he scored two goals off the bench.

Birmingham manager Gary RowettBirmingham manager Gary Rowett

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