Stoke secure striker
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stoke have snapped up Blackburn striker Paul Gallagher on a season-long loan.Stoke City have snapped up Blackburn Rovers striker Paul Gallagher on a season-long loan.
Gallagher has found his opportunities limited at Ewood Park and he has not featured for the club this season.
The young Scot has been allowed to move to The Britannia Stadium and was almost followed to the club by team-mate Jay McEveley.
The Potters also wanted to sign the left back but McEveley has opted for a spell with Championship rivals Ipswich Town.
"We are very happy to get Paul," Stoke's director of football John Rudge told the club's official website.
"He is a young striker of potential and we think he can do a very good job for us in The Championship.
"We came very close to signing McEveley as well, who would have given us extra defensive options, but he decided at the last minute to go to Ipswich."
Gallagher is likely to make his Stoke debut against Norwich City on Monday evening, although he is expected to be on the bench.
Meanwhile, Stoke manager Johan Boskamp has accused John Halls' agent of being the reason why the player wants to leave the club.
Halls rejected a new contract last week, claiming personal reasons for his decision to snub an extension.
The defender is out of contract at the end of the season but Boskamp feels Halls' representative has made him reject a new deal.
Boskamp complained: "We made him a very good proposal and, if he had accepted it, he'd be the best paid player at Stoke.
"It is not he who turned it down but his agent. It is a strange situation that the player is okay but we have to keep the agent happy."