Southampton striker Sam Gallagher targeted by MK Dons

HITC Sport understands MK Dons are leading the race to sign Southampton striker Sam Gallagher.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that highly-rated Southampton striker Sam Gallagher could be in line for a loan move to MK Dons.

Southampton are thought to be willing to loan out Gallagher, with the 19-year-old same way down the pecking order at St Mary's.

Gallagher is highly-regarded at Southampton after breaking into the first-team in the 2013/14 season under Mauricio Pochettino, making 20 appearances and scoring two goals.

However, Gallagher did not figure under Ronald Koeman last season, with injuries preventing him from making an impression in the first-team.

Koeman is happy to loan out the England Under-21 international for the upcoming season so that he can get some valuable senior experience under his belt.

A number of clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers, Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday have all expressed an interest in Gallagher, but it appears MK Dons are in pole position to land the powerful forward.

Should MK Dons sign Gallagher, it would prove to be something on a coup for Karl Robinson's side as they will have fended off interest from several Championship rivals to land the player.

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