Everton and Wolves should monitor Southampton’s shifting hierarchy as they assess January catch-up: Viewpoint

Despite being connected to several Premier League teams, Adams stayed at St Mary’s this summer after the Saints were relegated from the league.

Everton, Crystal Palace, and Wolverhampton Wanderers were rumored to be interested in Adams and were in talks with Southampton over a possible £12 million deal; however, Everton cooled their interest after they signed Beto from Udinese.

Adams, 27, is nearing the end of his Southampton contract. The Daily Echo reports that the Saints have extended their offer to him to a new three-year contract that includes vice-captaincy, but he has not yet signed it.

The Saints will have to decide whether to pay up for the Scotland international in the January transfer window or risk losing him for free in the summer if Adams doesn’t pledge his future to the team.

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The Athletic’s Steve Madeley reports that Adams won’t be Wolves’ first-choice option in the upcoming transfer window, but it’s unclear if Everton or Palace will rekindle their interest in him in January.

If any of Adams’ suitors decide to move forward in January, Southampton might put up less of a fight than they did during the summer.

Adams scored three goals in his first three league games as a Saint, starting the season in fantastic form. However, he hasn’t found the back of the net since mid-August.

Adams’s playing time has been reduced recently due to his ongoing goal-scoring problems; in the wins over Leeds United and Stoke City, midfielder Carlos Alcaraz was used in place of Adams as a central striker.


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On deadline day, Southampton completed the £10 million signing of Ross Stewart from Sunderland. Although the Scottish player hasn’t played yet due to an Achilles injury that has kept him out since January, Martin stated in September that he was getting close to making a comeback.

Martin told the Daily Echo, “He’s back on the grass and has been for a few weeks so he is integrating into the squad slowly but surely.”

“Hopefully, we get to see him sooner rather than later. Since these things are never easy, I can’t give you a precise date.

“It’s good to see the big man back on the grass, and it’s especially nice to see him smiling and touching the ball.

“He’s a really good character so, hopefully, we will get him back on the pitch and you’ll see him involved very, very soon.”

Despite his injury issues, Stewart was a productive striker for the Black Cats in the Championship last season, tallying 11 goals in 15 games. If he recovers fully, Stewart may displace Adams further down the roster.

A Premier League team may be able to sign Adams for a reduced cost because of Southampton’s inability to demand the same asking price they did for the striker in the summer given Adams’ contractual situation and decline in form.

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