Blackburn Rovers are set to sign Southampton striker Sam Gallagher on a season-long loan deal, according to today’s print edition of The Sun.
New Blackburn boss Owen Coyle is on the lookout for another striker to add to the ranks and is believed to have found his man in the Southampton academy graduate. Blackburn didn’t have a senior striker on the books when Coyle was appointed manager, so the club made the signings of Danny Graham and Anthony Stokes on free transfers.
Blackburn were one of the clubs linked with Gallagher last season, but the striker eventually signed for then Championship rivals MK Dons for the season. Gallagher was recalled by Southampton in January and MK Dons went down at the end of the season. The striker made 15 appearances whilst with MK Dons, but failed to score a goal.
Gallagher has made 18 Premier League appearances for Southampton, scoring one goal. The striker has played regularly for Southampton’s Under-21 side in the last few seasons.
Highlights of this time include a hat-trick against local rivals Portsmouth in the FA Youth Cup and more recently a fine long-range strike against Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn lost 4-1 at home to Norwich City yesterday and Owen Coyle wants to make at least three new signings before the end of the transfer window. Along with a striker, the manager reportedly wants to bring in a left back to provide competition for West Ham loanee Stephen Hendrie. Right back Adam Henley played left back for Blackburn yesterday.