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Stoke City simply must complete a deal for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher

Stoke City simply must complete a deal for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher

According to a recent report from The Sun, Stoke City are eyeing up a summer move for striker Sam Gallagher. The 22-year-old has struggled for regular football at Premier League side Southampton in recent years to the point that he has been shipped out on loan to MK Dons, Blackburn Rovers, and Birmingham City in the last three seasons, thus calling into question whether he does indeed have a future at St Mary’s.

And Gary Rowett’s Stoke are reportedly keen on landing the £2.7 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, an addition of which would complete an outstanding summer of business from the Championship club.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, there was always likely to be something of an overhaul at the bet365 Stadium this summer following the Potters’ somewhat surprising relegation from the Premier League, alongside the appointment of former Derby County boss Gary Rowett.

And while the sales of the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Ramadan Sobhi were always likely to happen, the incomings have also been pretty shrewd so far in bolstering areas of the Stoke squad in need of strengthening.

Benik Afobe’s loan move from Wolves will give Rowett another accomplished option in the attacking third of the pitch while Adam Federici’s arrival will compensate for the likely departure of Jack Butland – both Afobe and Federici are proven Championship players.

And the recent arrival of James McClean from fellow relegated outfit West Brom will provide even greater quality in the midfield ranks and potentially go some way to replacing Shaqiri – thus, Rowett and the club’s hierarchy have so far acted smartly in the window.

And the possible addition of Gallagher would continue that trend, what with the 22-year-old not only one for the future, but also someone who can come in and do a job in the present.

The striker spent the entirety of last season on loan at second tier side Birmingham and netted six times for the Blues to help keep them in the division, while his tally of 11 goals in 43 games for Blackburn the season before may not have been enough to keep them up, but it did at least underline his credentials at Championship level.

As such, landing the Saints forward would go some way to boosting a striking department that seriously struggled in the top-flight last season, as Stoke managed just 35 goals in their 38 league games, with the top-scoring strikers Peter Crouch and Mame Biram Diouf with just six apiece.

And while £7 million may seem somewhat steep for Gallagher, his proven credentials alongside his young age suggests that it could turn out to be a very shrewd piece of business from Rowett’s side, thus furthering their outstanding summer of business so far.

Stoke fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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