By George Overhill

30th Jan, 2023 | 11:40am

Nathan Jones drops 'honest' response to potential Southampton to Everton move for Che Adams

Nathan Jones has shot down prospects of Everton signing Che Adams in the final days of the transfer window for Sean Dyche.

The 26-year-old was extensively linked to a Goodison move during the summer window when Frank Lampard was looking to replace Richarlison, with Neal Maupay eventually arriving instead.

And now with another managerial change occurring during the January window and the club still looking for help up front, the possibility of a move for the Scotland international has re-emerged, but Southampton boss Jones appears to have emphatically ruled that out.

In his pre-match press conference on Monday (30 January) ahead of his League Cup semi-final the Saints manager was asked about the links and simply said, via Hampshire Live: “No, let’s be honest. That’s not going to happen.”

Adams has eight goals so far this season, although four of them have come in that run in the Carabao Cup.

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That’s another potential attacking addition that can be ruled out then, although Adams probably wasn’t the target most Toffees were hoping for anyway.

He seems to be perennially in the sights of clubs towards the bottom half of the Premier League and while his scoring record isn’t bad there is more than a hint of the Maupay deal about this.

The former Brighton man appeared to be a useful addition when he arrived in the previous window but has only scored once since as his form has declined along with nearly all of his teammates.

Whether Dyche will be looking for a large striker in the mould of Chris Wood or Wout Weghorst who he had at Burnley, with speed around them, remains to be seen.

If he can get more out of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and crucially if the number nine stays fit, that would be a big start, but with so little time left in the window it might end up being a case of whoever is available.

With the arrival of Maupay and Dwight McNeil in the summer it felt like that was the situation then, and neither have hit the ground running on Merseyside, so whoever does or doesn’t arrive it is still going to rely heavily on the new manager implementing a better system to get the best out of whoever he has.