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Wigan Athletic jump to the front of the queue for Sam Gallagher

The McCarthy money has been released. Premier League, here we come. According to a certain someone, Wigan has jumped in the race to sign Sam Gallagher.

The young striker signed for The Saints in 2013, however, has made just 22 appearances and is seemingly looking for a move to guarantee himself a long-term contract and first-team football.

Gallagher has already spent a couple of years in the Championship, during loan spells at Blackburn and Birmingham.

Judging from what I’ve read and seen from the 23-year-old, he would suit Paul Cook’s ‘lone striker’ role down to the ground. A striker that can hold the ball, bring others into play and score goals. Although Joe Garner done pretty well last season, eight goals from your number nine simply aren’t enough if you want to challenge for mid-table.

I’d like to see Wigan sign a reliable striker, someone who can make the difference in close games. I felt we created a lot of chances last season, dominated possession at home, just didn’t have that focal point or finisher to really benefit from our dominance.

We have Josh Windass, Michael Jacobs, Gavin Massey and Anthony Pilkington as attacking options to play behind a striker, surely that’s chances galore? We need to find somebody to fit the system, hold the ball up, give it wide, get in the box and score goals. If only football was that easy.

It would be a real statement of intent from the new owners if we got this signing over the line. It’s suggested that a number of Championship clubs are in for Gallagher, so the fee won’t be peanuts. Splash the cash and you’ll get your rewards, you usually get what you pay for. Unless you buy Grant Holt.

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