Stoke City could make a £7million bid for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, according to The Sun. Two of their Sky Bet Championship rivals, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United, are keen on bringing the player in on a loan deal.

The 22-year-old has never really nailed down a regular spot in the Saints squad since breaking into the first team scene. He has however enjoyed three loan spells away from St Mary’s Stadium. Southampton are supposedly looking to raise funds in order to pursue transfer targets of their own, so they may entertain the sale of Gallagher.

Whilst Southampton manager Mark Hughes is said to be quietly impressed with what he has seen from Gallagher during pre-season, it remains to be seen if he will be classed as a regular performer in the team. There is others ahead of him in the pecking order, and with the transfer deadline soon closing, a decision will need to be made. Stoke are set to make their intentions perfectly clear, with Gary Rowett wanting to bring him to the bet365 Stadium on a long-term contract. Southampton want Danny Ings from Liverpool, and money from Gallagher’s sale would help finance that.

Rowett wanted to sign Gallagher when making Derby last season, but the player instead switched to Blackburn, who are keen to bring him back to Ewood Park. Sheffield United are in the equation too, and he is likely to enjoy more regular football playing for them. The player certainly will have a decision to make, but ultimately it is Southampton who hold all the cards in this particular situation.

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