Stoke City will have to pay £4million if they are to secure the signing of Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove, a report from The Sun has claimed.
It has recently been reported that the Potters are taking a strong interest in Cosgrove, having monitored the striker throughout the course of the season, with the view to a potential move for the 22-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.
Now however, it seems appears as though Stoke could have to put their money where their mouth is if they are to sign Cosgrove, with the latest reports revealing that Aberdeen have placed a £4million price tag on their key man, whose contract at Pittodrie is not set to expire until the summer of 2022.
Cosgrove has already scored 18 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season, helping the Dons to third place in the current Scottish Premier League standings.
It has been a difficult start to the season for Stoke, who are currently 23rd in the Championship table following their 2-1 defeat at home to Blackburn on Saturday, with midfielder Sam Clucas’ top-scoring for the club with five league goals.
As well as Stoke, it has also been reported that Serie A outfit Lazio – who sit third in the Italian top-flight as things stand – have been monitoring the progress of Cosgrove throughout the course of this season.
This feels like a big test of Stoke’s ambitions going forward.
The situation with regards to Cosgrove’s contract mean that Aberdeen are in no need to sell their key man on the cheap, so it does look as though Stoke will have to shell out if they are to secure his services.
If they are not willing to do that, then with the struggles that their current attackers are enduring it would certainly give the suggestion that Stoke are happy with the position they are in at the minute.
In fairness to the Potters, that would seem to go against the implications that could be taken from their business in recent windows, although with Lazio also apparently interested in Cosgrove, it could be difficult for Stoke to secure his signature even if they do come up with a big offer for the attacker.