Aberdeen are preparing themselves for an imminent bid for striker Sam Cosgrove following interest from a number of Championship clubs, according to reports.
According to the Evening Express, the Dons have already been in the hunt for a replacement for the talismanic forward following transfer speculation from south of the border.
Speaking to the newspaper, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes sang the praises of his recruiters and the board for signing Cosgrove for a mere £25,000 in 2018 – but sources believe Cosgrove’s time in Scotland is almost up.
He said: “Sam came to a club that could make him stronger, better and more confident. All my staff have played a part in that.
“My head of recruitment, Russ Richardson, also deserves so much praise for identifying Sam – who will make the club a big profit if he is sold on.”
Cosgrove netted 32 times in 2019, making him one of the most prolific forwards on the continent.
McInnes was keen to stress the forwards own commitment to developing his game, adding: “Ultimately Sam’s rise is not down to Russ, the staff or myself.
“It is Sam who deserves the most praise for actually making the most of his opportunity. He relished the opportunity at Aberdeen and played the biggest part himself.”
Reports also suggest that Aberdeen are already looking in the transfer market for Cosgrove’s replacement.
The 23-year-old, who hails from Beverley in Yorkshire, was struggling to break into the Carlisle first team when he was picked up by Aberdeen.
Cosgrove signed a new deal last year which will keep him at Pittodrie until the summer of 2022, meaning clubs will have to dip into their transfer kitty to prize him away from the Scottish club.
His style of play is physical and bullish which could be a perfect fit for the Championship, especially for clubs like Stoke and Derby who are struggling this season.
The forward himself has stayed quiet on the matter but it makes sense for the move to happen sooner rather than later to allow the Englishman to fulfill his potential.