May 21 2013 Latest news:
By Stuart Watson
Friday, May 18, 2012
IPSWICH Town have made an enquiry about Leicester City wideman Paul Gallagher.
The EADT understands that Blues boss Paul Jewell sees the versatile Scotsman – capable of playing on the left, right and up front – as the perfect player to provide an extra creative spark next season.
On the face of it a deal looks unlikely. The 27-year-old still has three years left on his contract at the King Power Stadium and has been a regular since manager Nigel Pearson – the man who brought him to the Foxes from Blackburn – returned to the club.
However, a source close to the player has told the EADT that “he would consider a new challenge”, while it’s understood that a bid around the £750,000 mark could tempt his employers to sell.
The Glasgow-born player suffered tragedy recently when his wife Hayley gave birth to twins more than a month prematurely. Son Luca James died, while his daughter Ava Amelie is improving following a worrying spell in intensive care.
He is currently back at his family home in Blackburn – the town he grew up in – with Ipswich having gone no further than an enquiry at this sensitive time.
Ex-Leicester boss once proclaimed that Gallagher was ‘not far from David Beckham in terms of his delivery of set-pieces’, while former Scotland manager Berti Vogts – who gave the winger his one and only international cap – described him as ‘very quick, strong and with good body movement’.
Leicester started last season as favourites for promotion following a summer spending spree, but ended up finishing just five points ahead of Ipswich in ninth place.
Gallagher scored 10 goals last season – only Michael Chopra got more for Town – and also created eight, more than the Blues’ leading assist provider Lee Martin.