Nottingham Forest are set to face competition from Leeds United for Southampton forward Che Adams.

The Athletic have reported that Marcelo Bielsa wants the outcast to replace Eddie Nketiah who is set to be recalled by Arsenal.

Forest are thought to be in pole position for the forward who has struggled to make an impact following his £15 million (BBC) move from Birmingham in the summer.

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Adams has started the last two games for the Saints but first-team football hasn’t exactly been frequent.

The 23-year-old has started on eight occasions and is still waiting for his first goal for the Premier League outfit.

Last season he proved a revelation for Birmingham City. He netted 22 goals and registered five assists for the Blues, earning him his big-money move.

A loan move looks ideal for Adams. Southampton clearly had one eye on the future when they signed the youngster and a temporary switch would be beneficial. He earns £50,000-a-week (Birmingham Mail) at St Mary’s so is obviously rated highly.

Forest are in desperate need of another striker. Lewis Grabban has scored 12 goals this season but there is little in reserve.

Rafa Mir was signed from Wolves on loan but he is set to return to Molineux having failed to make an impact at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest News View – Reds must pounce for Adams

Whoever signs the youngster during the transfer window will guarantee a whole host of goals.

Birmingham weren’t exactly brilliant last season but Adams still found a way to score more often than not.

His blistering pace and clinical finishing qualities will make him a quality addition for any team in the second tier.

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With Leeds flying high at the top of the league, moving to Elland Road must be an attractive proposition.

A quick glance towards the treatment of Nketiah during the first half of the campaign could give Forest the edge, however.

Nonetheless, the Reds must pounce sharpish with clubs queuing up to take a chance on Adams.

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