in the know
WOLVES are at the front of the queue of clubs trying to land Southampton striker Sam Gallagher in the summer.
Boss Kenny Jackett has had his scouts check out the Saints ace, who has been capped by both Scotland and England at under-19 level.
The 19-year-old came through the ranks at Plymouth before signing for Saints in April 2012 and is under contract at St Mary’s under 2018.
Saints beat off Newcastle and Everton to land Gallagher when Argyle were in administration and he has scored twice in 20 first team appearances.
Gallagher returned to action in February following a seven-month injury lay-off and was expected to move on loan before the emergency loan deadline.
He ended up staying at St Mary’s but that is not to say he will be at the club at the start of next season.
Wolves are keen to sign him on a seasonlong loan if Saints won’t sell, which seems unlikely given how highly he is rated at the club.
Nottingham Forest have taken a close look at him over the last few weeks and they are also interest- ed in a long-term loan arrangement. NEWCASTLE and Burnley look set to clash this summer over the signing of Carlisle United youngster Kyle Dempsey.
Midfielder Dempsey, 19, who has scored ten goals this season is out of contract in the summer and Premier League scouts have been flocking to watch him in action. BRISTOL CITY are poised to try to make Portsmouth star midfielder Jed Wallace their first signing this summer after winning promotion back to the Championship.
City owner Steve Lansdown looks ready to spend big to enable the club to mount a serious push to win promotion to the Premier League.
Even though Pompey don’t want the 21-year-old to leave Fratton Park, they know they won’t be able to offer him the chance to play at a higher level for some time yet.
They will demand at least £1m up front plus a large slice of any future sell-on.
Wolves are also interested in Wallace.
City could also try and tempt Fulham into parting with striker Matt Smith, who was a smash-hit on loan at Ashton Gate this term.