The image of Leeds United target Sam Gallagher getting the better of Liam Cooper

According to Football Insider, Leeds United have set their sights on Southampton striker Sam Gallagher after he was put up for sale by the Premier League club.

Football Insider report that the Yorkshire outfit are monitoring developments surrounding the 23-year-old, who looks set to leave St Mary’s having found first-team opportunities hard to come by under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Just 30 minutes of Premier League football under the Austrian in 2019 is proof of that, but his previous spells in the Championship suggest he could be an intelligent buy for a team that was beaten in the play-offs having looked destined for a long-awaited top-flight return for so long.

The centre-forward scored seven goals in 34 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham City in 2017/18, while he netted an even more impressive 12 in 47 for Blackburn Rovers the previous year.

It was for the former where the below picture originated from – Gallagher showing his strength in the air to easily beat Leeds centre-back Liam Cooper to the ball.

While Marcelo Bielsa has two decent strikers available to him in Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford, neither are particularly strong in the air, and the Southampton man would therefore provide a different option in that respect.

The 6 ft 4 attacker provides far more than just that though, as he has proven he is a capable finisher and he is pretty quick for his height.

An interesting few weeks lie ahead to see where the 23-year-old ends up, but there is no doubt that he could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for Leeds.