Wigan Athletic could now be heading the race to sign Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, with a £5m bid being readied by the Latics.
The Saints striker is widely expected to move on this summer, and now, according to Alan Nixon, it is Paul Cook’s Wigan who could be set to stump up the cash for the 23-year-old
WIGAN. Clear to speak to Sam Gallagher by SOUTHAMPTON. 5m fee. Big attempt. BLACKBURN may match. Looks too high for BRENTFORD's valuation.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 7, 2019
Gallagher has failed to have a big impact with Premier League Southampton despite breaking into the team as a teenager, and he looks all set to finally end his spell with the club this summer.
His most productive loan spell came with Blackburn two seasons ago, as he fired in the goals to help the Lancashire club seal a return to the Championship.
However, it remains to be seen whether Rovers will be prepared to stump up the cash to land Gallagher on a permanent deal, with Wigan now looking ready to make their own swoop for the striker.
Wigan manager Paul Cook is desperate to add some goals to his team after seeing Nick Powell leave the club this summer, while loanee striker Leon Clarke has returned to Sheffield United with little signs of a move away for Clarke being sorted as yet.
£5m seems a hefty fee to me for someone whose goals record is hardly something to shout home about.
However, he is clearly a talent is Gallagher, and if he can get it right and start firing early, then we might finally see the best of a player who was dubbed one of the next big things at St Mary’s.
If he can get settled somewhere, then he might finally start producing. The fee though just seems a big one for a club like Wigan to play, and you’d have to question if there are other options out there for Cook and his team.