Three reasons Aston Villa must beat Birmingham to the signing of Sam Gallagher

According to Sky Sports, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Derby County have all held talks with Southampton about signing striker Sam Gallagher on loan.

Despite signing a new four-year deal in July, Sky Sports says that Mauricio Pellegrino is willing to send the 21-year-old out on a temporary basis after he failed to make the squad for their opening day goalless draw against Swansea City at St Mary’s last weekend.

The report adds that the Championship trio are all keen to bring the centre-forward in after he impressed during a similar spell with Blackburn Rovers last term, despite their campaign ending with relegation to League One.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce will be keen to strengthen his squad before the window slams shut at the end of this month following a disappointing start to the season, in which they have taken just one point and scored two goals in their opening three league fixtures as they look to secure a Premier League return.

Here are three reasons Villa must win the race to sign Gallagher…