Revealed: Leeds plot swoop to sign newly available Southampton 23-yr-old
Leeds United have set their sights on Southampton striker Sam Gallagher this summer after he was made available for sale, Football Insider understands.
The Yorkshire giants are in the market for new attacking talent after narrowly missing out on promotion from the Championship.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are monitoring the situation of Gallagher, who will be allowed to leave the Saints after being on the fringes during the recently-completed campaign.
The 23-year-old has two years remaining on his contract and has also attracted interest from other second-tier clubs as well as some in the Premier League.
Gallagher featured just six times for Southampton inn 2018-19 and his 26 appearances for the club have yielded just two goals.
Gallagher, who can play at centre-forward as well as in wide attacking roles, has demonstrated his potential during loan spells in the Championship at Milton Keynes Dons, Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.
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The England Under-20 international was especially effective in 2016-17 at Blackburn, scoring 12 goals from 47 appearances from all competitions despite being used predominantly on the left flank.
Football Insider revealed at the start of this week that Leeds will concentrate on loan signings and free transfers this summer, although their budget will be bolstered if there are a number of high-profile player exits.
The club announced on Tuesday that Marcelo Bielsa has signed a 12-month contract extension following extensive talks with the board over the past fortnight.
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