COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle should go all out in a battle with fierce rivals Sunderland for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher to help ensure their Premier League survival next season.
The Sun reported on Saturday that the Black Cats will make a move for the towering 21-year-old in the summer, who is currently on loan in the Championship with Blackburn.
The Wearsiders have been brought to the attention of the emerging striker with his contract set to expire in 2018 as well as his 11 goals in 32 appearances for a struggling Rovers side in all competitions this season.
At six feet and four inches the player is a target-man forward and at 21 he is currently far younger than Newcastle’s current similar in physique striker Daryl Murphy.
Many of the Toon fan base feel as though the club is lacking a quality target player up top with Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic bringing different attributes to the forward line.
Additionally, the Magpies are expected to be on the defence a lot next season if they do win promotion and Rafa Benitez may need to resort to long-ball tactics.
A ball up to Gallagher could prove far more effective than to one of either Gayle or Mitrovic and at his age the former England Under-20 international still has many years to grow.
He is no novice to top flight football either and already has 18 senior appearances in the Premier League for Southampton, bringing a return of one goal.
Gallagher would be the ideal signing for Newcastle due to his playing style, age and his assumed low cost and the Magpies should do battle with Sunderland for his signature.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have agreed a £1million deal for a player once rated at £20million.