Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made Southampton's young striker Sam Gallagher his number one summer transfer target.

Gallagher, 18, has made 12 senior Southampton appearances this season since his integration from the youth squad at the start of the campaign.

The 6ft 4in striker, signed from Plymouth Argyle in 2012, has been seen as a hot prospect for the future and Chelsea may just be interested in taking the young man under their wing at Stamford Bridge. 

Gallagher, last week, scored his first Premier League goal at home to Norwich as he continues to uphold Southampton's reputation of producing talented home grown players.

Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their front line in the summer as Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have not been consistent goalscorers. Speculation linking the latter two strikers with moves away from the club are persistent, with Torres poised to swap the Blues for former club Atletico Madrid, and Demba Ba also keen to look for a new club.

Gallagher has been pondering over his international future, with both Scotland and England keen to see the youngster ply his trade for their respective countries. Gallagher was born in Devon to Scottish parents and has represented both Scotland and England at youth level. 

Chelsea boss Mourinho has previously stated his desire to build a team for the next decade by signing a number of talented youngsters.

This season has seen Chelsea sign and/or field a number of young talent in the form of Mohamed Salah, Kurt Zouma, Lewis Baker, Christian Atsu, Tomas Kalas among others.

Mourinho had also underlined the importance of his club helping the England national team by developing an array of home grown players. 


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