Sunderland reportedly have another attacking target on their list in a “fast” Championship star, according to one reliable journalist.
Sunderland targeting new striker
The Black Cats appear to be searching the market for a new striker this month and Michael Beale is hoping to “excite” supporters with one or two additions.
“We have a clear idea on one or two of the areas we would like to strengthen this month, if we can. It’s never an easy month, but we are certainly going to try and do something to strengthen and boost the squad, and to hopefully excite the fans. Those discussions are going on in the background. This (derby) game has been a bit of a distraction, if I’m honest, but those discussions were happening even (Tuesday) morning and late on in the afternoon.”
With eight more goals than any other Sunderland player this season, winger Jack Clarke has been the primary goal scorer. (BBC: Sunderland top scorers) But because of his excellent play, Clarke has been linked to a transfer to the Premier League, with West Ham reportedly considering the possibility.
Even if the Sunderland player decides to stay at the Stadium of Light, Bournemouth striker Kieffer Moore is reportedly being considered as a potential replacement attacker.
According to recent sources, Southampton is reportedly in the lead to recruit the Wales international ahead of many other Championship teams. A new update has surfaced that includes the identity of a new attacking target.
Sunderland eyeing Sam Gallagher move
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
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?”