Blackburn Rovers want to re-sign Sam Gallagher on loan from Southampton, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

Tony Mowbray is keen to bolster his attacking options in the January transfer window and Gallagher has emerged a top target.

Gallagher has been side-lined with injury this season and has not featured for Southampton. However, if he proves his fitness the Saints will sanction a loan move for him next month.

The 23-year-old has been on the books at St Mary’s since joining them in 2012. He started out as a youngster at Plymouth Argyle.

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He made his debut for Southampton in November 2013 in a League Cup game against Sunderland. He has since played 20 more times for their senior side, scoring twice as well as being a key player for their youth sides.

Gallagher was shipped out on loan to MK Dons in the 2015/16 season but failed to score in 15 appearances and they were relegated to League One. Blackburn handed him a second chance in the Championship and he bagged 12 goals for them in the 2016/17 campaign.

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The 6ft 4inc forward then spent last season with Birmingham City and scored seven goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.

With his first-team chances with Southampton looking increasingly scarce, a loan move back to Blackburn would help Gallagher retain his fitness and get some more first-team minutes under his belt.

He is 23 now and needs to playing every week so a move to the Championship would be better for him than sitting on the side-lines in the Premier League.

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