According to a report from Sky Sports, Southampton are happy to let Sam Gallagher leave St Mary's this summer, with the striker already attracting Premier League and Championship attention.
Gallagher struggled for game-time with Ralph Hasenhuttl's men this past season, making just four substitute appearances in the top flight. It will not surprise Saints fans therefore, that the 23-year-old could be given the green light to leave.
What may surprise some supporters however, is that Sky Sports is also reporting that Gallagher is wanted by teams in both of the top two divisions, meaning that he could potentially be playing for a rival next term.
The Sun on Sunday (26/5; page 69) reported at the weekend that Tony Mowbray was keen for Blackburn to make a £5 million bid for the youngster who had been on loan at Ewood Park during the 2016/17 campaign and scored 11 goals.
But that report suggested that the Venky's had told Mowbray that he would need to sell to raise the funds for that bid, and potential Premier League attention must make a return to Lancashire seem even less likely.
Southampton supporters will definitely follow the coming years of Gallagher's career with plenty of intrigue. There have been few calls for the academy graduate to get more chances under Hasenhuttl, but it is telling that he has remained on the club's books for this long and may now get the chance to prove himself at the highest level with another club.
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