Report: Blackburn plotting £5m bid for Southampton's Sam Gallagher

Blackburn Rovers' Tony Mowbray    during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on April 27, 2019 in Norwich, England.

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is reportedly keen to sign Southampton striker Sam Gallagher.

Sam Gallagher of Southampton looks dejected after Wolverhampton Wanderers' third goal during the Premier League 2 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 and Southampton U23 at Molineux...

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (26/5; page 69), Tony Mowbray is keen for Blackburn to bring Sam Gallagher back to Ewood Park this summer, and has met with the club's owners to discuss making a £5 million bid for the Southampton striker.

The Sun reports that the Saints are ready to sell the 23-year-old in the coming months. Gallagher has never quite managed to force his way into the plans at St Mary's, and made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this past season.

 

His success has come out on loan, with 11 goals during his time with Blackburn in 2016/17 and six goals for Birmingham City the following year. 

And it appears that Ralph Hasenhuttl is now ready to let the academy graduate leave on a permanent basis. The Sun on Sunday (26/5; page 69) reports Mowbray wants to bring Gallagher back and has met with the club's owners Venky's to discuss a seven-figure bid.

Blackburn Rovers' Tony Mowbray    during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on April 27, 2019 in Norwich, England.

However, Venky's have told Mowbray that he will need to sell players to fund a move if he is keen to sign Gallagher again this summer.

If Blackburn can get a £5 million offer together, it would be no surprise if Southampton were willing to let him go. Despite his potential, it appears an ominous sign that he is not getting more chances at St Mary's, especially with Hasenhuttl clearly not afraid to put faith in the club's younger or less experienced players.

And with the Saints surely needing to sign a new goalscorer themselves this summer, it may be the right time to let Gallagher start the next chapter in his career.

Ralph Hasenhuttl of Austria the Southampton manager instructs his players during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St Mary's Stadium on May 12, 2019...

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