July 18, 2024

IPSWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Ipswich Town Manager Kieran McKenna during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Ipswich Town and Rotherham United at Portman Road on January 07, 2023 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Bad news: Ipswich key skilful genus winter target on the verge of signing outstanding deal said to be….

Sam Gallagher is set to be tied down to at least one more year as a Blackburn player.

The fact that Jon Dahl Tomasson’s team lost to Rovers on Saturday coincided with Huddersfield Town’s convincing victory over Sheffield Wednesday is doubly unfortunate for them, as they are now only five points above the bottom three.

Rovers’ struggles have perhaps been partially down to the calf injury previously suffered by striker Sam Gallagher, who has featured on only eight occasions this season, leaving the Lancashire outfit over-reliant on the goals scored by midfielder Sammie Szmodics.

Szmodics may be the division’s joint-top scorer alongside Plymouth Argyle’s Morgan Whittaker, but Rovers may have been in a better position if Gallagher had been fit to play.

The striker has hit form lately, creating two assists and scoring a goal in the Lancashire outfit’s 4-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round replay with Wrexham, and also scored on Saturday in the defeat against the Hoops.

Blackburn Rovers set to extend Gallagher contract.

During the transfer window, which closed on Thursday evening, Gallagher was subject to transfer speculation, with Ipswich Town reportedly interested in the forward.

However, Rovers are set to trigger the one-year extension option in Gallagher’s contract following transfer interest from the high-flying Tractor Boys.

Alan Nixon provided an update regarding the striker’s contract situation on Patreon, which revealed that Gallagher will be on the books at Rovers for another season – if they do not cash in on him over the summer.

Nixon reported that the club’s owners, the Venky’s, do not want to let their man leave for free when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, after failing to capture their target, the Tractor Boys opted instead to sign Wales international Kieffer Moore and former Wimbledon man Ali Al-Hamadi to bolster their strike force as they strive for back-to-back promotions.

 

 

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