Everton don’t want to overpay for Che Adams this summer.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who have reported that the Toffees are one of a number of clubs interested in the striker that are reluctant to splash out with his contract expiring next summer.
Adams joined Southampton for £15 million in 2019 and has netted 25 goals across four seasons in the Premier League.
Danny Mills praised the forward for his ‘wonderful’ strike during the Carabao Cup semi-final against Newcastle United, though his goalscoring record certainly hasn’t been anything special.
The Scot was unable to prevent the Saints from dropping down to the Championship earlier this year and could now be on his way out of the club, with a potential return to the top flight on the cards.
The Sun recently reported that Southampton will look to make back the whole £15m they spent on Adams four years ago, despite having only a year left on his current deal.
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While Everton are still thought to be interested in signing the 27-year-old, they remain sceptical of meeting the Saints’ demands.
Everton could tempt Che Adams to return north – but is he worth £15m?
Everton are reportedly up against the likes of Crystal Palace and Bournemouth in their pursuit of Che Adams, potentially giving them the advantage if the striker wants to move further up north.
Born in Leicester, Adams previously played for Sheffield United and Birmingham City before taking the 136 mile trip down to the south coast.
However, Adams’ £15 million price tag certainly makes Everton’s pursuit of him a lot less intriguing – especially if the fee was driven up by a bidding war.
While the Scotland international was clearly more than just goals to Southampton, goals is exactly what Everton need and their financial situation means they have to be very careful with their spending.
There are definitely plenty more options for Everton to explore that won’t pose such a disappointing deal.