Former Sheffield United star 'in talks' over contract with Premier League club

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A former Blades star has entered talks over his new deal ahead of his current deal expiring at the end of this season.

Former Sheffield United star Che Adams is in talks with Southampton over a new contract after the Saints secured a return to the Premier League. Russell Martin’s men defeated Leeds United in the play-off final to bounce back at the first time of asking, and had they not, Adams almost certainly would have left.

The Scotland international attracted interest last summer and in January but ultimately stayed put, getting his reward with a Premier League return. The 27-year-old scored 17 goals in 46 games across all competitions in the season just gone, and it’s no surprise that Southampton have entered talks over a new deal ahead of his existing contract expiring on June 30, particularly given the striker’s Premier League experience.

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A club statement confirmed: “Long-serving goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and striker Ché Adams are also approaching the end of their contracts, with talks ongoing regarding potential new deals.”

Saints boss Martin was asked about the contract situations surrounding Adams and Stuart Armstong - who has been released - back in April, saying: “They are both really comfortable. There was a lot of conversation between the start of the season and January.It was left in January that they were both comfortable with what they were doing and giving everything they’ve got.

“As long as they do that we have no problem at all. I really respect them and I think they respect the club’s position as well. As long as there is an understanding of each other we will be fine. They have both been outstanding for us – especially recently. They have 10 games to help us get back to the Premier League. I’m sure their biggest desire is to get back there and stay with us or have a lot of suitors.”

As for Adams himself, he spoke late last year about the interest in his services last summer.

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“I think there was a lot of interest over the summer but nothing got over the line,” Adams told The Telegraph: “It was actually a relief when the window closed because everything was over and it meant me and my family were more settled. My focus is fully here. From the minute the window closed to up until we get promoted – hopefully - I am fully concentrated on Southampton.”

Speaking about working under Martin at Southampton and the change of style following previous managers, the forward added: “I laugh because it’s so different. But everyone really enjoys it. It’s different for different positions. As a striker you are not touching the ball as much. He wants you to create space for the ‘eights’, the midfielders, the wide men, so it’s difficult and different in that context. As a striker I like to get involved, get on the end of things. But it is making us better players and making us learn.”

As things stand, Adams, who spent two years with the Blades between 2014 and 2016, scoring 11 league goals in 47 appearances, will be out of contract with June 30, but Southampton will be working to change that over the course of the next 25 days.

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