Report: Aston Villa interested in former Birmingham loanee Sam Gallagher

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England.

Sam Gallagher spent last season in the Championship on loan at Birmingham City from Southampton, and could reportedly return with Aston Villa

Sam Gallagher of Birmingham looks dejected after Millwall score their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Millwall at St Andrews (stadium) on...

Sam Gallagher spent last season on loan at Birmingham City and has been lined up for a return to the second city this summer, but not via a second spell at St Andrews.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is keen to sign the Southampton striker as he turns to the loan market in search for new additions.

Due to the need to raise £40 million in order to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions, Villa will struggle to finance permanent signings this summer so temporary deals are likely to be the order of the day.

And it is reported that Bruce is a long-time admirer of Gallagher, despite the fact he scored just six goals in 33 Championship games for local rivals Birmingham last season.

The 22-year-old was far more impressive during a spell at Blackburn Rovers in 2016/17, however. He found the net 11 times despite Rovers’ relegation from the second tier.

Alan Hutton of Aston Villa and Sam Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers clash during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa at Ewood Park on April 29, 2017 in...

It is not certain whether Southampton would be willing to let Gallagher go out on loan again this summer but, considering that he is well down the pecking order at St Mary’s, this could be a move that would suit all parties. The former Plymouth youngster is understood to be open to another spell in the Championship.

Interestingly, Bruce confirmed in August last year that he was interested in signing Gallagher and he will be hoping that he gets lucky at the second time of asking.

Southampton's Scottish striker Sam Gallagher celebrates scoring their second goal during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Southampton and Yeovil Town at St Mary's...

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