Bringing Gallagher back to Birmingham would be major statement of intent by Monk

Stoke City are eyeing a bid for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, who spent last season on loan at Birmingham City, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the story, then?

The Mail report that former Blues boss Gary Rowett wants the 6ft 4in hitman to bolster his Potters attack as he reshapes his new charges in preparation for their attempt to make an instant return to the Premier League.

They claim that Rowett has cooled his interest in Dwight Gayle and has turned to Gallagher, but faces competition from Sheffield United for the striker’s signature.

Elsewhere, it is clear that Garry Monk is looking to bolster his Birmingham attack, with Ipswich Town forward Martyn Waghorn reportedly attracting his interest.

A Gallagher return would be a real statement

Gallagher was as bright as any Blues forward last season, despite a campaign of turmoil and managerial juggling that saw the club narrowly avoid relegation once more.

He can score goals at this level and he would be prevented with chances next season under Monk as the passing football the former Middlesbrough manager prefers should get Birmingham on the front foot more often.

The Saints hitman would provide a focal point for the likes of Che Adams and Issac Vassell to work off, and snaring him ahead of Stoke, one of the most ambitious and rich sides in the second tier, would be a major statement of intent.

It would go some way to bringing the feel-good factor back to St Andrew’s and offer Monk the chance to oversee the attacking revamp that has been needed since before the days of Lee Clark.