SAINTS have left a contract offer made this summer on the table for in-demand striker Che Adams, the Daily Echo understands.

Adams, 27, has three goals in three Championship matches for Russell Martin’s side so far this season, amid a transfer pursuit from Everton.

Saints rejected an opening bid for Adams from the Toffees while it has been reported negotiations are ongoing over the structure of a new offer.

Martin, speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Plymouth Argyle, admitted contract talks had cooled with the club and player deciding to wait before committing his future.

The boss said: “There’s been discussions between us about what the future holds and everyone has decided to keep their options open, Che and the club.

“If he’s still here in two weeks it will be a conversation that is ongoing. He’s really happy here and is a big part of the dressing room.”

The Daily Echo understands that the contract offer made to Adams, which is still there to be signed if the player chooses, is for a three-year deal.

The deal also includes vice-captaincy, after Jack Stephens was named skipper following James Ward-Prowse’s transfer exit.

The future of Adams is still unclear with a week left of the window and the Scottish international could yet make a Premier League return.

If available, Adams will lead the line for Martin when Saints host QPR at St Mary’s on Saturday, August 26 (3PM).