Report: Nottingham Forest battling to sign Southampton striker

Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are competing to sign Sam Gallagher from Southampton.

Southampton prospect Sam Gallagher could have the chance to make a name for himself in the Championship before the season is over.

The Sun on Sunday report that the teenager is a target for both Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, and the Saints will make a decision on his future this week.

Gallagher made 20 first team appearances for Southampton last season mostly from the bench, scoring twice, but has had an injury plagued 2014/15.

The 19-year-old has not featured at all, and has played just five matches for the under-21s. 

Southampton have to choose whether keeping him at close quarters is best for his development, or the opportunity to test himself at Championship level in order to salvage something from his season.

Who needs him more?

Forest are in ninth place, eight off the play-offs, and need to find a goalscorer to aid their push over the last nine games of the season.

With star striker Britt Assombalonga having suffered a long-term injury, Forest are lacking bite up front, evidence by their 0-0 draw with Leeds United at the weekend.

Middlesbrough are better placed, sitting in third position in the Championship, but are better equipped in attack, with Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford netting twice on Saturday against Ipswich.

Gallagher would have to choose whether he wants to join a side where he has more chance of achieving promotion, but has less chance of playing, against the opposite scenario, while also factoring in whether he is ready physically in his recovery from injuries to be a regular Championship starter, or would be better off as a bit-part player.

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