Championship clubs have been warned by Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack that they will not be able to snag away any of their star players on the cheap, including target man Sam Cosgrove.
The Dons lost one star to the EFL in the past transfer window, with centre-back Scott McKenna joining Nottingham Forest in a £3million deal back in September – a record fee for the Scottish club.
And Cosgrove is the latest star based in the north east of Scotland to attract interest from clubs south of the border.
The six-foot-four hitman netted 23 times in 37 games in all competitions last season, and that inevitably got potential suitors surrounding Pittodrie for the Wigan Athletic academy graduate.
Cosgrove was picked up from Carlisle United in 2018, and he will no doubt make Aberdeen a huge profit considering they accepted a £2.7million bid from French side Guingamp in the summer.
The striker turned that particular switch down, but signing with a Championship club may be more of an attractive proposition to him, having been linked with Derby, Stoke and Middlesbrough last season.
Cormack though has warned clubs interested in any players that they will not be bullied in negotiations.
“We will not sell any player under their value at all,” Cormack insisted to the Aberdeen Evening Express.
“There were maybe one or two clubs who maybe thought, with assets we have and going through Covid, that we would be easy to deal with.
“However, negotiations with Nottingham Forest took about two weeks.
“We will only sell a player if it is right for Aberdeen, the right money and that we have got cover for that player.
“We have a clear plan on the playing side and will certainly resist if we are not getting market value for any of our players.”
Times are tough for clubs financially in the COVID era, so it’s interesting to see a chairman at a club from a league that doesn’t have generally big financial muscle outside of Celtic and Rangers stand his ground.
There’s a real good thing going on at Aberdeen where they manage to develop young players into stars, as evidenced by the profit made on McKenna by selling him to Forest, and the likes of Cosgrove and Lewis Ferguson could be the next ones to join EFL clubs – but only on Aberdeen’s terms.
After recovering from a knee injury, Cosgrove has recently returned to the Aberdeen team and netted against Hibernian last time out, and more goals will alert English suitors to his signature.
There could be several Championship sides desperate for a goalscorer in January and Cosgrove may be one of the men on the list of several managers looking for a big, rangy goalscorer.