Chelsea working on a deal to sign Southampton starlet

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Southampton could be set to lose Sam Gallagher, with reports suggesting that Chelsea are in for his services.

According to The Metro, the Premier League leaders are working on a deal to sign the £5 million-rated striker after manager Jose Mourinho agreed to launch a move this summer.

18-year-old Gallagher is the latest prodigious talent to emerge from the infamous production line at St. Mary's, making his first Premier League start for the Saints under Mauricio Pochettino against Arsenal earlier this season.

While Chelsea - who also secured their passage through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night with a comfortable 2-0 win over a woeful Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge - currently sit top of the Premier League ahead of this weekend's tie against Arsenal, their problems up front this season have been well-documented.

Samuel Eto'o has progressed since arriving from Anzhi Makhachkala last summer but it is extremely unlikely that he will still be a Chelsea player next season when his contract expires this summer.

And with doubts also continuing to surround the futures of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, it seems almost inevitable that Jose Mourinho will be on the hunt for new forward recruits when the transfer market opens once again July.

If Chelsea were to sign Gallagher, though, his youth and relative inexperience at the top level would suggest that they would be wise not to make that their only signing.

The Blues have been linked with a number of top-class forwards since the close of the January window, including Monaco star Falcao and Paris-Saint Germain rival Edinson Cavani.

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