Southampton striker Che Adams faces an uncertain future as the January transfer window approaches. Despite interest from several Premier League clubs, Adams remained at St Mary’s after Southampton’s relegation. Everton engaged in talks for a potential £12 million deal, with Crystal Palace and Wolves also expressing interest. In the final year of his contract, Adams received a new three-year offer from Southampton, including vice-captaincy, but he has yet to sign the extension.
Journalist Johnny Phillips reports that Adams is viewed as a “short-term option” for Wolves in January, but he is inclined to run down his contract at Southampton to explore more lucrative opportunities in the summer. Southampton, concerned about Adams’ declining form and reluctance to commit, may consider cashing in on him in January to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
Should Adams depart, Southampton is exploring potential replacements:
Maximilian Entrup: Southampton scouts observed the Austrian striker in an international friendly against Germany. Entrup, 26, has excelled at Hartberg, scoring 11 goals in 11 appearances this season. While a risk due to no prior Championship experience, his impressive goal-scoring record makes him a potential gamble.
Manprit Sarkaria: Also scouted in the same friendly, Sarkaria, a versatile forward from Sturm Graz, has scored three goals and provided eight assists this season. The 27-year-old’s adaptability to various positions adds to his appeal, and he has showcased his skills at both the national and club levels.
Lawrence Shankland: Southampton inquired about the Hearts striker in the summer. The 28-year-old enjoyed a prolific debut season, scoring 28 goals and providing four assists. Shankland continued his strong form, netting 10 goals in 19 appearances this season. Clubs in Saudi Arabia and Maccabi Tel Aviv were reportedly interested in him during the summer.
Devante Cole: A more cost-effective option, Cole from Barnsley scored 16 goals last season and has already notched 11 this campaign. The 28-year-old is drawing attention from several Championship clubs, making him a viable option to bolster Southampton’s squad depth.
As Southampton weighs its options, Adams’ departure could trigger a move for one of these potential replacements, each offering a unique set of skills and attributes to reinforce the team’s attacking options.