Southampton have had an £8 million bid rejected by Birmingham City for rumoured Newcastle target striker Che Adams, according to a report.

It was claimed this week that Newcastle were hoping to lure the youngster to Tyneside this summer, which left many Newcastle fans unimpressed.

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The Daily Mail claim the Saints have renewed their interest in the 22-year-old, having tried to sign him in the January transfer window.

It goes on to add that Birmingham were reluctant to sell in January, with the club under a transfer embargo, leaving the midlands side unable to replace their star man.

They are still reluctant to sell, and if that situation were to change, they would likely hope for a bigger fee, in light of the number of clubs claimed to be chasing the striker.

Other than Southampton and – allegedly – Newcastle, both Burnley and Norwich City are said to be showing interest.

Growing interest may force Birmingham to sell

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Having had a couple of tricky years – including narrowly avoiding relegation two seasons ago, followed by a points deduction last term – it may prove difficult for the Blues to hang on to the Englishman.

With quality homegrown players seemingly at a premium nowadays, and the prospect of more emphasis being placed on clubs to include more of them in their Premier League squads, a move for Adams from top flight sides is hardly surprising.

Whether the speculation and rumours are enough to turn the players head, and see him agitating for a move, remains to be seen, but certainly the more clubs that come knocking on the St Andrews door, will make it harder for them to hold on to their asset.

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Many Newcastle fans do not seem keen on the Magpies making a move for Adams , but if he was available for around £10m, he may be a risk worth taking.

With Newcastle announcing their retained list yesterday, it may be that an outcome in the Rafa Benitez negotiations is close, and that – finally – the summer transfer business is on the verge of kicking into gear.

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