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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.

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