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Derek McInnes makes Sam Cosgrove transfer admission but Aberdeen boss warns suitors to spend big

Daily Record logoDaily Record 3 days ago Scott Burns
a person standing in front of a crowd: Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove © SNS Group Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admits top scorer Sam Cosgrove could be sold in January – but has warned suitors they’ll have to cough up top dollar for him.

English Championship strugglers Stoke are keen on the 18-goal striker as Michael O’Neill looks to do 
business to try to keep the Potters up.

The former Northern Ireland gaffer is a big fan of the 23-year-old and is expected to make an approach to the Dons before the window opens next month.

McInnes said: “It’s no surprise if clubs like him but there has been no contact and no valuation put on Sam.

“There has been no conversation with any Championship club.

“If a bid gets put in for any of our players it’s up to our board to consider but from my conversations with the board we all know how important Sam is to us.

“If the right offer comes in for any of our players, they will be sold.

Joseph Duffy with a football ball © SNS Group

“But we want to make sure the right offers come in.

“We can’t do anything about that – all we can do is if the offer comes in be in a strong position to say yes or no.”

Cosgrove has netted an amazing 37 goals in 51 games since he found his scoring touch last November.

He still has two-and-a-half years left on his existing deal and the Dons know they are holding all the aces.

It looks likely if the Englishman is sold it will be for a club record that dwarfs the previous £2million they got from Coventry for Eoin Jess.

Cosgrove was signed from Carlisle in January last year for around £20,000 but his value has rocketed.

Sources close to the player have also indicated Cosgrove is also more than happy to remain at Pittodrie if nothing is agreed elsewhere.

McInnes, meanwhile, has more pressing matters on his mind as Rangers prepare to roll into town tomorrow night.

The manager has seen his team take his fair share of Light Blue scalps and knows the Dons must show that desire from the start.

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He said: “The two games that have resonated most have been against the Old Firm – so far.

“For us to shake that off, we have to go and compete in this kind of game. It is about making sure we give a far better account of ourselves.

“Every manager, at the minute, is up against the same issues when they play against Rangers and Celtic.

“It was a similar feeling after both Old Firm games to be honest as we have always prided ourselves in the last six and a half years of being close to Celtic and Rangers.

“We’ve taken a couple of sore ones against Celtic in particular over that time but we have always managed to beat teams of that quality.

“I just feel that in those games we didn’t give ourselves the chance to do that this time.”

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