Forest 'are ready to raid Southampton for star striker Che Adams'

Nottingham Forest ‘are ready to raid relegated Southampton for star striker Che Adams’ – who has entered the final year of his contract… as Steve Cooper’s side prepare to test Saints’ resilience over the Scotland forward

  • Nottingham Forest are looking to strengthen in their attacking department 
  • They’ve identified Southampton striker Che Adams as a viable summer option 
  • The Saints star has entered into the final year of his contract at St Mary’s  

Nottingham Forest are ready to launch a summer move for Southampton striker Che Adams, according to reports. 

The Saints will be well aware that a number of their top talents will be attracting interest across Europe, given their relegation from the Premier League this year. 

And it seems that Adams – who notched five goals in the English top-flight this season – has already got interest from within the Premier League.

According to talkSPORT, Steve Cooper’s Forest are interested in bringing recently-relegated Adams to the City Ground in summer. 

The outlet claim that Cooper has long been an admirer of Adams and had attempted to sign the Scotland international during the summer transfer window last year.

Southampton striker Che Adams has attracted transfer interest from Nottingham Forest

Steve Cooper’s side previously tried to sign Adams last year and will renew their interest

The 26-year-old striker has entered into the last year of his contract at St Mary’s and so could be available for a discounted price, with Saints likely reluctant to let him leave for free. 

Adams has spent four years with the south coast side and, in that time, has managed to score 31 goals in 145 appearances in all competitions. 

He proved to be a useful asset for Southampton this season, contributing three assists on top of his five goals, but it wasn’t enough to save them from relegation.

The Saints will finish bottom of the league table after a dismal year in the top-flight that saw them sift through three different first-team managers.

Ralph Hassenhuttl started the campaign before his dismissal spell led to Nathan Jones’ appointment. After a disappointing rein, Jones was replaced by interim coach Ruben Selles. 

On Wednesday, the club confirmed that Selles will leave the end of the season after holding talks with the Spanish coach. 

A statement on their website read: ‘Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has held conversations with Men’s First Team Manager, Ruben Selles, and decided that his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the season.

‘The club wants to place on record its thanks to Ruben for taking on the managerial position at a difficult time for the club and for giving his all as we attempted to stay in the Premier League.’

The Scotland forward has mustered five goals – and three assists – in the top-flight this year

Russell Martin is poised to become Southampton’s new head coach on a three-year deal

Swansea boss Russell Martin is poised to become Southampton’s new head coach on a three-year deal, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

It is understood that the former Scotland international is expected to seal the move on Wednesday afternoon.

He will join from Swansea as the Saints move quickly to prepare for life in the Championship.

Martin verbally agreed to take over at St Mary’s over the weekend but the clubs remained in discussions over compensation.

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