Leeds United face an uphill challenge in the club's hopes to sign striker Che Adams.
Are their hopes over? Possibly. But Southampton's game at the weekend could have some effect.
Adams has not had a good season since his move from Birmingham City in the summer.
He has not scored a single goal, in 671 minutes of football.
Starts have been hard to come by lately. His last one came in the FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town.
This weekend Southampton have a FA Cup tie against Tottenham. It would be a huge opportunity for Adams to start this game.
The fixture could work in Leeds' favour in one of two possible ways.
1) He is overlooked entirely and gets frustrated at a lack of chances, and asks for a move.
2) He plays and doesn't perform. Southampton change their stance and re-negotiate with Leeds.
Southampton may also complicate the mix if they decide to pursue a striker of their own in a late transfer window move.
The game could work against Leeds too. If Adams scores for Southampton against Tottenham, that's it. He's staying.
As it stands, Leeds have to make alternative plans, but if they are still optimistic, then they should hope circumstances at the weekend can work in their favour.
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