Chelsea reportedly lining up move for Southampton starlet - not Shaw

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Chelsea have been linked with yet another swoop for a Southampton starlet, with Sam Gallagher now allegedly on the agenda.

The Southampton academy is one of the best in the country, and has recently produced stars such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whilst Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw continue to be key parts of Mauricio Pochettino's squad on the South Coast, as both have earned England recognition in recent times.

Shaw's impressive displays at left back for the Saints have seen him repeatedly linked with moves away from St. Mary's Stadium, with Manchester City, Manchester United and most frequently, Chelsea. The Blues are believed to be interested in bringing Shaw to Stamford Bridge as the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, but his team mate Gallagher is now also a rumoured target for Jose Mourinho.

Gallagher joined Plymouth Argyle as an 11-year-old, and his promising displays attracted the interest of the likes of Everton and Newcastle United, but chose to join Southampton in 2012. With his burgeoning reputation in the Saints youth teams, manager Pochettino has been gradually introducing the 18-year-old to his first team, and the 6ft 4in striker hit the headlines last weekend after bagging his first Premier League goal against Norwich City in Southampton's 4-2 win.

Whilst he has represented Scotland Under-19's, Gallagher has now changed his allegiance to England, and made his Under-19 debut in February, and is now tipped to become a potential star of the future for the Three Lions, particularly with the recent dearth of striking talent in the country.

Mourinho reportedly values the youngster at around £5m, and with the Chelsea boss desperately looking to improve his strikeforce this summer, it seems he may be eyeing up a move that may be more towards the future rather than an instant impact signing.

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