Report: Brentford join race for Southampton's Sam Gallagher

Sam Gallagher during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus, on October 15, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Brentford have reportedly joined the race to sign Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, who is keen on joining Blackburn Rovers.

Sam Gallagher during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus, on October 15, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Sam Gallagher may be keen on joining Blackburn, but The Sun on Sunday (23/6; page 60) reports that Brentford are hoping to scupper Tony Mowbray's hopes of signing the Southampton forward.

After a number of loan spells, Gallagher appears to be set for a permanent move away from St Mary's this summer. The Sun on Sunday reports that he wants to leave the Saints, and has made a move to Ewood Park his number one choice.

 

However, the report notes that funding the 23-year-old's £25,000-a-week wages may be an issue for Rovers, and that has opened the door for their Championship rivals to join the race.

The Sun on Sunday (23/6; page 60) reports that the Bees are eyeing potential replacements for Neal Maupay, who is expected to leave after scoring 28 goals this past season, and Gallagher is on their wishlist.

Neal Maupay of Brentford shows appreciation to fans following victory in the FA Cup Third Round match between Brentford and Oxford United at Griffin Park on January 05, 2019 in Brentford,...

Where will Gallagher go?

While Blackburn may currently be his first choice, Brentford's interest should certainly leave the former England under-20 international with a decision to make.

Tony Mowbray manager of Blackburn Rovers gives his team instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park on May 7, 2017 in...

A number of players have seen their value increase dramatically after stints at Griffin Park, with Maupay looking set to be one of the latest to earn the Bees a remarkable profit. That should provide Gallagher with something to think about.

But having enjoyed a successful spell with Blackburn previously, Gallagher would also be forgiven for wanting to head to more familiar surroundings as he looks to really kickstart his career following a quiet year with Southampton.

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