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Ralph Hasenhuttl refuses to rule out Southampton move for Birmingham City’s Che Adams

Could the young English forward move to Southampton from the Championship?

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl appears interested in signing Birmingham City’s Che Adams Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has refused to rule out his interest in signing Birmingham City forward Che Adams.

Adams has scored 14 goals in all competitions for Garry Monk’s Blues and has been widely received as a success at the club since move from Sheffield United in 2016.

Speaking to the press, Hasenhuttl said Saints will only sign young players in the January transfer window when asked about the club’s reported interest in Adams.

“A few players are interesting for us, for our way. I can guarantee to you it’s normally a younger player, but the package must be perfect,” Hasenhuttl said per the Press Association.

“We won’t take any financial risk. We have created a bit of space where we can bring a new player in. If we do so it’s only if the baggage 100% fits us.

“If not, then we won’t do anything. If we are 100% sure that a guy that will help us, then we will do it. You can be sure that we have our eyes open, but if we don’t sign a player in this window maybe we’ll do it in the summer. To do it now can also be a possibility.”

Southampton have already lost the likes of Cedric to Internazionale and Wesley Hoedt to Celta Vigo on loan, while Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini have left for Rangers and Sampdoria on permanent deals.

Now, Saints are reportedly looking to offload striker Charlie Austin as Hasenhuttl seeks to mould his squad.