A number of Southampton and Blackburn fans have taken to Twitter to comment on reports from The Sun on Sunday (26/5; page 69) over the weekend which suggested that Tony Mowbray is hoping to bring Sam Gallagher back to Ewood Park this summer.
Rovers are looking to build on a promising first year back in the Championship. They finished 15th in the table, but were as close to 10th place Swansea City as they were to Stoke, the team who finished one place below Mowbray's men.
The report claims that Mowbray has met with the club's owners to try and persuade the Venky's to make a £5 million bid for the 23-year-old, who scored 11 league goals during a loan spell with Blackburn two years ago.
The Sun on Sunday (26/5; page 69) added that Mowbray has been told by the hierarchy that he will need to sell players if he wishes to fund a bid this summer, so it is not clear whether Mowbray will be able to land his target this summer.
Some of the Saints fans on social media appear to be in favour of a move. It is appearing increasingly unlikely that Gallagher will make the grade with Ralph Hasenhuttl's men with the youngster only making a handful of substitute appearances this past season, and some feel that it is time to cut ties and let him get on with his career elsewhere.
However, there are plenty of Blackburn supporters who are hoping that he will not end up making a move to Ewood Park given the potential fee being mentioned in the report. There are also a number of fans who are not convinced that Gallagher will ever return to the club having been linked with a move on several occasions.
Here is what some of the Southampton fans make of the reports...
I hope we have a sell on% or a bit back clause in there. I can’t help but think he’ll turn into a great player #SaintsFC— Mart (@MartFergie) May 26, 2019
Sam Gallagher can go, lovely young man but not quite Premiership level, Mowbray thinks he can do it in the Championship good luck to the man— Malcolm Welch (@Malcy43) May 26, 2019
I think we all hoped that as an academy player he would make the break through but it doesn't that it will happen. Unfair to keep him hanging on so a move would be best for all & he would go with our best wishes— Saint Aidan (@aidanrudd) May 27, 2019
he didn't make the grade in 2014, ain't gonna make it now years later. I don't know why we didn't sell this group of "youngsters" who clearly aren't prem quality earlier— G (@vastmajority22) May 26, 2019
There no argument with this, we need to shift at least ten from the squad and Gallagher is one of them— Spencer Houghton (@SpencerHoughts) May 26, 2019
Deserves to move on for the good of his career, Good luck to him.— Nick (@WiltsSaint) May 26, 2019
And here is what some of the Blackburn supporters make of the links...
I swear like every transfer window we want Sam Gallagher. Mowbray tells us how much of a good player he is and then we don’t sign him. What a player #Rovers— George Nelson (@GeeNelsss) May 27, 2019
Rovers will be linked with Sam Gallagher until he retires.— Jimmy (@Jab_bd) May 26, 2019
A transfer window’s not a proper transfer window if there’s not a ‘Gallagher to #Rovers’ rumour doing the rounds...— Jen Bellamy (@EricBlueMonster) May 26, 2019
Time for Rovers to move on from Gallagher. Not what we need in my opinion.— Alex Aspden (@alexasp1980) May 26, 2019
Rovers linked with Gallagher for the 100th transfer window in a row— Jay (@jaaybrfc) May 26, 2019
I'd rather go for a striker like gestede who is out of contract and saving around 5 million, we have plenty of young players we need someone who's proven in the air.— bradley stirton (@BradleyStirton) May 26, 2019
Don't getvthe continued links with him. He was average at best for us and no better last season. Got to be better options— Andrew Riding (@AndrewRiding86) May 26, 2019
If it is a good price then I’d take him but wouldn’t be paying too much for him— wayne badders (@waynebadders) May 26, 2019
Agree with the consensus here - 23 is a risk when he’s not played week in week out for the last 3 years which he should have, better off going with experience to allow our U23s come through.— Tristan O'Neill (@oneill_tristan) May 26, 2019
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