Southampton have slapped a £7m valuation on Aston Villa target Sam Gallagher according to a report from Page 61 of the May 21st edition of The Sun on Sunday.

Last season Gallagher was on loan at Blackburn Rovers. While the Lancashire club had a miserable year as their woes continued with them being relegated to Sky Bet League One, Gallagher showed a lot of promise and was able to perform even when the rest of the team didn’t. In the end, the 22-year-old striker ended the season with 12 goals, a decent tally for someone playing for a team at the wrong end of the Sky Bet Championship.

And with Gallagher showing his quality and the fact a return to Blackburn is unlikely because of their relegation, several teams from the Championship have stated their interest in signing him. Reports earlier in the month suggested that the likes of Aston Villa, Cardiff City, Sunderland and Wolves were all looking into the possibility of signing the young striker.

And luckily for them, Southampton do seem willing to sell one of their top academy graduates. But any team that does want him are going to have to pay as the Saints have now revealed that any interested party will have to pay out £7m for him. This would be a hefty fee for any of the teams wanting to sign him, and may rule some of them out of the running, but because Gallagher has a big future ahead of him, some may think that this is a price worth paying.

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