Highly-rated Saints striker set for Blackburn loan

Date published: Tuesday 9th August 2016 11:59 - Pete O'Rourke

Sam Gallagher: Set for Ewood Park spell

Blackburn Rovers have agreed a deal to sign Southampton striker Sam Gallagher on a season-long loan deal, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle is looking to bolster his attacking options at Ewood Park and he has identified Gallagher as his top target.

Gallagher is highly-regarded at Southampton after breaking into the first-team in the 2013/14 season under Mauricio Pochettino, making 20 appearances and scoring two goals.

However, the powerful forward struggled to hold down a first-team place under Ronald Koeman at St Mary’s and he spent the first half of last season out on loan at MK Dons.

Gallagher made 15 appearances for MK Dons in the Championship last season before being recalled by Southampton in January.

The 20-year-old remains down the pecking order at Southampton and new Saints boss Claude Puel feels Gallagher would benefit from going out on loan again to get regular first-team football under his belt.

Gallagher is expected to sign at Blackburn later this week and he could make his debut against Wigan Athletic this weekend.

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