By Danny Wright
Wolves are prepared to spend £8million on prising Sam Gallagher away from Southampton this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun reporter Alan Nixon claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday that Wanderers are “happy” to stump up a seven-figure fee for the 21-year-old striker, but it is said that the Saints are looking for more money before they would consider selling him.
Gallagher has spent the last five years at Southampton but has found it hard to break into the first-team in recent years despite the south-coast club’s insistence of making the most of young English players.
The Premier League striker spent last season on loan with Blackburn, where he scored 12 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions, clearly impressing Wolves despite Rovers’ relegation to League One.
Wolves haven’t been afraid to bolster their squad this summer, but have waited until the last moment to make additions to their strike force.
Leo Bonatini is the only forward to switch to Molineux since last season ended, and he got off to a good start to life in the West Midlands when he found the net against promotion contenders Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Football Insider Verdict
Wolves could do with bolstering their strike force even more, even though Bonatini got off to a good start against Boro on Saturday. The Brazilian is only on loan at Molineux and a swoop for Gallagher looks like it would be a permanent addition that could benefit the club in the future. Gallagher is young, English and at less than £10million he could be a good player to invest in. Wolves have spent big this summer and there has to be some concern about Financial Fair Play creeping in among the supporters. If Wolves don’t get themselves promoted soon, they would be facing a bleak future of stagnating in the Championship with players on high wage packets.
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