Noel Whelan has pleaded with Leeds to stop messing about and complete a deal to sign Southampton forward Che Adams.

Whelan says that Leeds are in desperate need for a player of Adams’ calibre, to bolster their chances of securing promotion to the Premier League.

The Athletic claim that Leeds are ready to pay a £1m loan fee, with the obligation to sign him permanently for £10m at the end of the season. However, Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen for him to remain at St. Mary’s.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said this: 

He’s the one, he’s the one, now if Leeds United are going to put all their eggs in one basket and that’s the one you want….show your commitment then.

Stop messing about, get the money put down and get it done, get the player in because we need it before QPR. 

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Outside of Danny Ings, Southampton’s strikers have managed one goal between them – which was Michael Obafemi’s against Chelsea. Shane Long and Che Adams have both failed to score, although the latter came up with an impressive assist at the weekend to set up Ings for the winner against Leicester.

He came off the bench and provided a telling contribution, holding the ball up before excellently flicking it around the corner for Ings to be clear through on goal. This moment provided a glimpse at what Adams could be capable of at Premier League level for the Saints, so they could look to keep him and attempt to get the best out of him in the coming months. 

If they were to let Adams go and then worst comes to worst and Ings picks up an injury, they would be left with very little in the striking department. This means that it could be a sensible move for Southampton to keep hold of their man and reject Leeds’ advances.

Should Southampton let him go?