The Telegraph journalist Sam Wallace has said on his official Twitter account that Southampton striker Sam Gallagher should complete a £5m move to Blackburn Rovers this weekend, and it is good news for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Southampton striker Sam Gallagher’s protracted move to Blackburn Rovers should go through this weekend. £5m a good price for Saints, who are trimming squad before further signings
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 12, 2019
Well, the 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary’s this summer, with Wallace actually reporting in a separate article last month that he was expected to leave the club during the current window.
Now it appears as though that will happen by the end of the weekend, with an exit to the Championship side on the cards for the player deemed surplus to requirements.
Gallagher clearly failed to convince the Austrian that he had a future with the south coast outfit, having only played 215 minutes of football under him since he was appointed as Mark Hughes’ successor in December.
There is a lot of deadwood that the 51-year-old wants to get rid of this summer – The Telegraph reported last month that the club is open to offers for Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt, Guido Carrillo and Sofiane Boufal, and they are ready to let one of Alex McCarthy or Fraser Forster leave as they look to ‘generate further funds and flexibility within their wage structure’.
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In addition, Mario Lemina, Charlie Austin and Gallagher were all left out of the 26-man squad for the pre-season trip to Austria this week.
The Telegraph also said last month that the south coast outfit still want to bring in a new centre-back and wing-back to St Mary’s ahead of the Premier League campaign, but it appears as though they need to cull their squad before that can happen.
Removing Gallagher and his wages will only be another step towards that, and the Austrian may well be able to put that fee towards strengthening either of the aforementioned positions with just a month until the transfer window closes – good news, indeed.