Southampton loan striker Gallagher to Blackburn

Date published: Thursday 11th August 2016 1:13 - Oli Fisher

Sam Gallagher: Completes Blackburn loan switch

Blackburn Rovers have announced the signing of highly-rated Southampton striker Sam Gallagher on a one-year loan deal.

The 20-year-old has represented both England and Scotland at U19 level, and represents much needed reinforcement for Owen Coyle’s men after they were thumped 4-1 by Norwich on opening day.

He spent the first half of least season on loan at MK Dons, and will be available for selection in Rovers’ championship fixtures against Wigan on Saturday.

Gallagher’s arrival at the Championship club comes after attacking midfielder Elliott Bennett was ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Manager Coyle essentially confirmed Rovers’ interest in the player following their defeat to the Canaries.

“Without talking about anybody else’s players, he’s a very talented player,” said Coyle of the 6’4″ frontman.

“But as are a number of players and, if I was to tell you every conservation I have with every manager, we could be here for a very long time.

“I think it’s fair to say he’s a very talented young player who did very well in pre-season for Southampton.

“Until we get something over the line then we’re not ones for committing ourselves.

“But it’s fair to say we are chasing two or three targets and if we get them then I’d think they’d be good players to add to the squad.”

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