Birmingham City striker Che Adams has been in stunning form for The Blues over the course of the Championship season, with his goalscoring exploits catching the attention of Premier League sides.

Che Adams has scored 22 goals in 44 Championship games for Birmingham City this season, and his form has not gone unnoticed by other sides. The striker was the subject of significant interest in the January transfer window, with Southampton and Burnley having bids rejected.

Now, with the summer window fast approaching, Southampton have been joined by Crystal Palace and Norwich City in the battle for Adams.

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But, Birmingham boss Gary Monk has said he is not focusing on interest in Adams, stating that he is hoping to keep the club’s best players at St Andrew’s.

“I can’t predict the future and we all know how football works and that side of it but my No. 1 aim is to have our most important players and best players at the club,” Monk said to Birmingham Live.

“You want to build around them – the club understands that as well. They want that – that’s part of the discussions we have had, I think we are on the same page with that for sure.

“I think we showed it in January under all that financial situation that was hanging over us – that we could stay strong as a club and keep our best players.”

Monk went on to say that he believes that Birmingham City is the best place for Adams to be at this stage of his career.

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“Che had huge interest in him at that point and we stayed strong as a club so I think that showed we were on the same page in that respect. We don’t want our best players going anywhere – but football is football, it can happen. No. 1 it has to suit the club.

“In terms of Che he has been fantastic to work with, he knows there’s an improvement in him, there’s still work to be done with him and he knows he can get that here and that we understand how to get the best out of him for that.”

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