Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes told The Sunday Post how his club will only sell striker Sam Cosgrove for the right price amid interest from several Championship clubs.

Derby County, Middlesbrough, Brentford and Charlton Athletic have been linked.

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TEAMtalk claim the Championship clubs have all checked on Cosgrove in recent weeks, while the striker could be available for less than £2 million.

McInnes, however, recently told reporters how Aberdeen have already turned down bids.

These things have got to suit everybody.  It’s got to be the right deal for Scott, and it’s got to be the right deal for us as we only get one shot at selling him. The deals that were put to us in the summer were 100% not right for us. If an offer comes for Cosgrove in January, it’s up to the club to look at it, the same as with any offer. But, for me, the improvement is going to continue for Sam, and the longer that we have him in an Aberdeen shirt, the better it’s going to be for us.

Sam Cosgrove finds his feet at Aberdeen:

Cosgrove came through the youth ranks at Everton before having spells at Wigan Athletic and Carlisle United. He joined Aberdeen in 2018 on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old has found his feet for the Scottish club. In 67 appearances in all competitions, Cosgrove has netted 36 goals including 15 strikes in 17 games this term.

Brentford and Charlton have been excellent in the transfer market over the past 18 months. If those clubs are keen, then it bodes well for Derby and Middlesbrough.

Derby have been wasteful in recent seasons when it comes to transfers. Manager Phillip Cocu inherited an average squad in the summer devoid of real top six quality.

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The Rams, however, are relatively strong in the striker positions with Chris Martin, Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn all vying for a regular first-team spot.

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