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Southampton formally adds strikers Adams, Ings

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Southampton’s strike force officially got much stronger on Monday.

The club announced its capture of Birmingham City forward Che Adams on a reported $19 million deal, and formalized the addition of hometown boy Danny Ings after a loan at St. Mary’s last season.

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Adams delivered on his promise to the tune of 22 goals and five assists in the Championship last season. He turns 23 on July 13.

Ings, still just 26, signs on for a reported $26 million. The deal runs through 2022 after joining from Liverpool last season, when he produced eight goals and three assists in around 1750 minutes.

The move comes weeks after the club added winger Moussa Djenepo, who was on the same UEFA Golden Boy list with Christian Pulisic. Here’s Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, via the club’s official web site.

“I am delighted to have signed Che and Moussa ahead of the start of pre-season. They are both young, dynamic players with the level of enthusiasm and hunger we are looking for that can help us improve as a team.”

When healthy, Ings is a specimen. He had 11 goals and four assists in his only complete Premier League season, a season after scoring 21 and 7 in the Championship.

Sheffield United 2-2 Tottenham: Eriksen sees Spurs to All-London final in absolute thriller


For a minute, 18-year-old Che Adams looked the latest Cup magician for Sheffield United before Christian Eriksen pulled the curtain on the Blades’ Wembley dreams.

Eriksen’s 87th minute finish of a Harry Kane pass saved Tottenham Hotspur from the drama of extra time after Adams’ quick-fire brace breathed new life into what became a thrilling finish at Bramall Lane.

United had gone to the semifinals of the 2014 FA Cup before falling to Hull City, and hoped to earn a surprising trip to the final in this season’s League Cup.

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Spurs entered the game with a 1-0 lead from the first leg at White Hart Lane, and Eriksen hammered home a road goal via a world-class free kick in the 28th minute that made an All-London League Cup final look a certainty.

Lined up 25 yards or so from goal, Eriksen sent a curling shot from the right swooping across the top of goal and into the left upper 90 to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

source: Getty ImagesBut then came Adams, scoring in the 76th and 78th minutes to threaten Mauricio Pochettino’s men with extra time. The 2-2 aggregate score would still benefit Spurs due to the road goal, but there was work to be done.

That’s when Kane found Eriksen, who coolly slotted home the nail in the Blades coffin. Tottenham is off to Wembley to face Chelsea in the hopes of snaring its first League Cup win since 2008, which was a 2-1 decision over the Blues.

Sheffield will have won more than a few admirers, though, and Adams will be the man of the hour. The Leicester-born man has appeared on England’s C team.

Chelsea and Spurs will duke it out on March 1 in their shared home city in what should be a much talked-about final.