Leeds United join race to sign sent-off Aberdeen star

Date published: Monday 23rd December 2019 1:22 - Harry McMullen

Leeds United have joined the race to sign Scottish Premiership striker Sam Cosgrove after sending scouts north of the border at the weekend, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that Marcelo Bielsa sent scouts to watch the Aberdeen striker at Celtic Park as the Dons lost out 2-1 to table-topping Celtic on Saturday.

Cosgrove was at the centre of attention in what turned out to be a heated affair on the pitch.

The 23-year-old scored in the first half to cancel out Celtic’s opener with a bullet header before being sent off in the second for a lunge on Kristoffer Ajer.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was left bemused with the red card decision – saying even Neil Lennon had told him it was harsh in the tunnel.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: “It was never a red, 100% we will be appealing against the decision.

“I have watched it 20 times and Cosgrove has won the ball cleanly.

“He probably doesn’t need to go in as quick as he does but he has won the ball cleanly. It’s a brilliant tackle.”

Celtic went on to win the game 2-1 but despite the red card, Cosgrove was a real thorn in the side of the Scottish champions.

Cosgrove has already netted 11 goals in the Scottish top flight for Aberdeen, making him the league’s second top scorer.

Amid the interest, Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack remains firm that Cosgrove will only be sold on Aberdeen’s terms.

The Dons are going through a rough patch in the league at the moment, only picking up four points from a possible 12.



Raised in Beverley, Cosgrove already has ties to Yorkshire, a possible advantage for Leeds who are alongside Stoke and Middlesbrough in the race for Cosgrove’s signature.

The striker is not the only forward on the Whites’ radar with Andre Ayew and Cenk Tosun also linked with a move to Elland Road.

Bielsa will be looking to improve in forward areas after Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah have struggled to establish themselves in the first team.

Meanwhile in the league, Leeds welcome Preston on Boxing Day looking to bounce back after defeat to Scott Parker’s Fulham at the weekend.



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