The lowdown: Wanted man
Following a stellar loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, Gallagher has been the subject of interest from numerous clubs this summer.
Now, having only made a brief appearance from the bench in the opening day victory over Everton it appears as though Newcastle and a host of Premier League rivals are testing the water surrounding Gallagher…
The latest: ‘Enquiry’ made
The report states that the Magpies have ‘reached out’ to the capital city outfit with a view to signing the man hailed as ‘extraordinary’ by Thomas Tuchel either on a temporary or permanent basis.
However, it’s claimed that Chelsea ‘currently have no plans to allow’ Gallagher to leave the London club on loan or otherwise.
The verdict: Keep pushing
Whilst at present it appears as though a switch could be off the cards, a continued lack of game time could see the Englishman push for a move away, particularly with a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad on the line.
Linked elsewhere to James Maddison, it appears as though Eddie Howe is desperate to bolster the midfield department at St James’ Park, especially having lost Jonjo Shelvey to an injury that will rule out the ace for three months.
Last season, Gallagher scored eight times and provided five assists in 39 appearances across all competitions for Palace, earning an impressive 7.08 Sofascore rating whilst winning 5.9 duels, completing 1.3 dribbles and making 1.1 key passes on average per outing in the league.
A combative presence, sharing similar stylistic traits to Newcastle star Joelinton (Fbref), adding the talented midfielder with seemingly boundless energy to Eddie Howe’s ranks would be a superb piece of business from the North East club.
Therefore, both Dan Ashworth and PIF should remain attentive to any opportunity to sign Gallagher before the September 1 deadline passes.
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