Scott Wilson, the head reporter for The Northern Echo, reports that Sunderland has had initial discussions with Bournemouth regarding Moore and is awaiting word on the ultimate decision. However, the trustworthy source went on to say that Sam Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers is also on the transfer wishlist of the club’s recruiting squad, which is headed by sporting director Kristjaan Speakman.

Playing anywhere in the front three, Gallagher made a loan move to Blackburn in 2019 before settling down to become a regular at Ewood Park.

The 28-year-old might be a wise addition alongside Moore to compete with center-forward options Nazariy Rusyn and youngsters Mason Burstow, Eliezer Mayenda, and Luis Semedo. The player has a ton of Championship experience, most of it with Rovers.

Sam Gallagher career stats Appearances Goals Assists
Blackburn Rovers 214 45 21
Southampton 26 2 0
Birmingham 34 7 0
MK Dons 15 0 2

Former Blackburn and Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray is also a big fan of Gallagher, describing him as a “monster” back in 2022.

“I don’t know how many appearances he (Gallagher) has made but I think his goals per starts is pretty good. He’s missed a fair whack of the season. He scored tonight with his right foot. I’m always encouraging him to hit it because when you watch it in training it’s like a bazooka, his right foot. It’s a great strike.

“Gallagher is fast, strong, good in the air, rocket in his right foot. He has all the attributes to be a top player. His ambition has to be to get to the Premier League, hopefully with this club, but if not, the Premier League look at this monster of a boy who can run like the wind with a rocket in his boots, why can’t he play in the Premier League?”