Southampton are understood to have agreed a £5 million deal with Wigan Athletic for the sale of striker Sam Gallagher, according to reliable journalist Alan Nixon.

The reporter posted the news on his Twitter feed on Sunday morning, suggesting that the Saints have agreed for the Latics to take the forward.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is undergoing a huge transformation within his Southampton squad at the present time, to mould it into one he wants to work with and one which he believes will take the St Mary’s Stadium outfit to the next level.

Gallagher has failed to make the desired impression with the Saints, and although he impressed in some loan spells in his time with the club, he has never had that real breakthrough moment for the Hampshire side, and now his time with the Premier League team could be over.

The best part of his career to date came in a temporary spell with Blackburn Rovers, and the Championship club are understood to be interested in taking him back to Ewood Park, despite the news that Wigan are in pole position for his services.

The other team eyeing up the Southampton youngster is Brentford, although it could be that a £5m fee would be beyond them, even though they have brought in big money from player departures already this summer.

Gallagher is clearly in demand by the Championship trio, with all three looking to build the foundations for a good campaign in the second tier in the upcoming season.

If the Saints forward has played his final game for the club, he will depart having made 26 appearances for them and finding the back of the net on two occasions.

His sale would allow Hasenhuttl to continue his rebuilding work, and with Gallagher not part of the Southampton plans moving forward, him leaving looks the best thing for both parties.


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