The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Sam El­liott

SOUTHAMP­TON and AFC Bournemouth have en­tered the race for Sh­effield United’s Che Adams – and that could see the ask­ing price soar to over £3.5m.

The FLP un­der­stands the south coast Premier League clubs are pre­par­ing of­fers and will take on Manch­ester City for one of the Foot­ball League’s big­gest prospects.

City have al­ready been in touch about the 19-year-old, whose per­for­mances at Bra­mall Lane are said to have tempted Manuel Pel­le­grini’s side to test the wa­ter with a £3m of­fer. A bid­ding war could now be­gin with Adams, signed from Non-League Ilke­ston in 2014, not ex­pected to be at the League One club next sea­son.

He signed a three-year deal in the sum­mer to fend off in­ter­est from suit­ors in the Cham­pi­onship, but the Blades have an un­der­stand­ing with the at­tack­ing mid­fielder that they won’t stand in his way should a big club come call­ing.

A source con­firmed: “There are three Premier League clubs in for him, and in­ter­est is grow­ing ev­ery week.

“It will push the price up no doubt with City start­ing on £3m. He’s a player with great po­ten­tial and clubs higher up are start­ing to recog­nise that.

“He stepped up from the North­ern Premier League fan­tas­ti­cally well and the the­ory is that he can take the leap from League One to the Premier League in his stride too.”

Ilke­ston are watch­ing closely – they are en­ti­tled to 20 per cent of the fee if and when Adams makes his move.

Robins chair­man Nigel Har­rop says the player they look set to make in ex­cess of £600,000 on is good enough for the high­est level.

“His progress since he left us has been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic to watch and I’m ex­cited for him,” he said.

TAR­GET: Che Adams

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