Gillingham are set to sign Sam Surridge on loan from Bournemouth according to a report from the Kent Messenger.

Surridge, who came through the Bournemouth academy, has been on loan to National League South side Poole Town this season and has been a very good signing for them, with the striker scoring eight goals in 16 appearances.

However much to the chagrin of the non-league side, Bournemouth are set to recall Surridge from this loan so they can send him out to a side in a higher division as they believe he is ready for the step up. And with Gillingham looking for a new striker and having success in the past from bringing in players on temporary deals from Bournemouth, with players who have done that including Billy Cargill and Joe Quigley, it looks like he is set to move to Priestfield for the rest of the year.

This season has seen Gillingham struggle to hit the back of the net which has seen them slump to 17th in the Sky Bet League One table. Frank Nouble had his short term deal recently end and it is currently unknown whether or not he will be getting an extension until the end of the season. The only strikers currently contracted to Gillingham are Rory Donnelly and Cody McDonald and they will certainly need more if they want to stave off relegation.

However what may have put this deal in jeopardy is the managerial situation at Gillingham. This report came out before the sacking of Justin Edinburgh today and now that he has gone, a new manager may decide to go in another direction rather than sign Surridge.

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