Cardiff City are set to beat Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland to the signing of Southampton striker Sam Gallagher this summer, according to Sunday’s print edition of The Sun.
It is understood that several sides are interested in signing Gallagher this summer, after he impressed on loan at Blackburn Rovers this season. The striker scored 12 goals in 47 appearances for Rovers, also getting four assists. Gallagher’s goals could not prevent Blackburn being relegated on goal difference this season, but he impressed nonetheless.
It was previously reported that Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers were interested in Gallagher. Sunderland manager David Moyes was also interested, watching Gallagher play recently. However, Cardiff now look set to beat all three clubs to his signature, bidding £3 million before any other club.
Gallagher made the move to Southampton in 2012, having spent the rest of his youth career with Plymouth Argyle. He broke into the Southampton first-team in the 2013-14 season and went on to make 18 Premier League appearances. However, he did not play at all for the first-team in 2014-15, missing much of the season with a knee injury.
The following season, Gallagher was not in the first-team plans under a new manager and was loaned out to MK Dons. He failed to score in 15 appearances before returning to Southampton in January 2016.
Gallagher has had a good season in the Championship and so could leave Southampton and search for more first-team football. However, having been a Premier League regular in the past, he may find himself in and around Southampton’s first team next season.