, ‘Significant interest from Ipswich Town’ confirmed amid question over Blackburn Rovers ace’s future

‘Significant interest from Ipswich Town’ confirmed amid question over Blackburn Rovers ace’s future

Blackburn Rovers director of football Gregg Broughton has confirmed Sam Gallagher attracted ‘significant’ Ipswich Town interest in the January window.

Blackburn Rovers had to fight to hold onto striker Gallagher in the winter. He was firmly on the radar at Ipswich Town amid their search for added firepower at the top of the pitch.

The Tractor Boys had lost George Hirst – a former Rovers loan man – to a long-term injury. However, despite reported bids of up to £1.5m for Gallagher, their efforts weren’t enough to strike a deal and they ended up signing Kieffer Moore (loan) and Ali Al Hamadi instead.

It comes amid questions over the Ewood Park future of Gallagher too. His deal ends this summer, although the Championship strugglers do hold a 12-month extension option.

Now, when quizzed on the contract fate of the 28-year-old, Blackburn Rovers director of football Gregg Broughton opened up on the Ipswich Town interest of the winter. Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, he said:

“There was significant interest from Ipswich Town amongst others for Sam Gallagher in January. 

“That’s no surprise, their main centre-forward, George Hirst, was injured and using the same metrics we used to identify George for us last summer, we know the best alternative for them to sign on the market was Sam Gallagher.

“My recommendation to the board was very clear. To sign a replacement for Sam would have been a significant cost in January and not one I felt we would be able to invest in.

“You’re able to do a lot more creative business in the summer. We have to come to a decision with Sam, not on behalf of him, to work out what his future looks like.

“We have an open dialogue with the players and his representatives over what that might be. There is an offer on the table for him to sign a brand new deal.”

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, ‘Significant interest from Ipswich Town’ confirmed amid question over Blackburn Rovers ace’s future

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The future of Gallagher remains to be decided, but it seems his fate is in his hands. Blackburn Rovers have made their move to try and secure his services on a new deal, but it will be up to him to decide what he wants to do.

If he opts against penning a deal, it could open the door to a sale. That way, Rovers would be able to trigger his extension and cash in before losing him for nothing next summer. Or, perhaps ideally for the club, he commits to a new contract and remains.

If the opportunity arises for him to move on, it will be intriguing to see what previous admirers Ipswich Town do. They’ll have Hirst fit again by then, but Moore’s loan will have ended, meaning a striker could be on the radar.

Perhaps it will depend on what division Kieran McKenna’s side are in too. They’re still battling it out at the top of the Championship table, sitting 3rd and just a point off Leeds United and Leicester City above them.

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