By Danny Wright

Derby have joined Wolves in the hunt to land Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, according to a reliable journalist.

Sun reporter Alan Nixon claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday that the two Midlands rivals were scrapping with one another over the 21-year-old Premier League forward, however the fees involved are said to be expensive.

It is understood that the buying price of Gallagher is “too high” while there would also be a hefty fee involved for either side if they wanted to take the England Under-20 international on loan.

Nixon has previously reported that Wolves were happy to spend £8million on Gallagher, but it was believed that Southampton were looking even more for their highly-rated youngster.

The striker spent last season on loan with Blackburn, and despite the Lancashire side suffering relegation to League One, the Saints ace impressed as he scored 12 goals and supplied four assists in 47 appearances across all competitions.

Wolves haven’t been afraid to splash the cash this summer but still seem to be on the lookout for a new striker despite recently adding Brazilian Leo Bonatini to their ranks.

Football Insider Verdict

Gallagher would be a good addition for both Wolves and Derby, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will succumb to Southampton’s demands. The Saints are a club that pride themselves on the development of young English players, so prising Gallagher away from St. Mary’s will be no easy feat considering the south-coast club may have plans to put him in the first-team in the future. Their squad is currently short of options in the striking department so it might be ideal for them to keep Gallagher around. Wolves could try to look at other targets but they could do with more English players in their side which is beginning to look more like a team that belongs in Portugal than the Black Country.

In other Wolves news, the club are also looking to bolster their strike force with the addition of this 16-times international who has got his season off to a goal scoring start.

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