Middlesbrough FC transfer rumours: Reported target to be offered new deal as striker interest resurfaces

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is hopeful striker Sam Cosgrove will sign a new deal at Pittodrie despite reported interest from several Championship clubs.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:47 pm
Sam Cosgrove has scored nine goals in 16 SPL appearances for Aberdeen this season.
Sam Cosgrove has scored nine goals in 16 SPL appearances for Aberdeen this season.

Boro are one of the clubs who have been credited with interest in the 23-year-old, while Derby County and Stoke City have also been linked with the frontman.

Recent reports claimed that Boro assistant Robbie Keane went to watch Cosgrove in Aberdeen’s 2-2 draw with Rangers, yet the Teessiders’ interest appears to have cooled since then.

It has been claimed the frontman, who has scored nine goals in 16 SPL appearances this season, is valued at around £4million by Aberdeen.

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The Dons are also keen to extend Cosgrove’s contract at Pittodrie, even though his current deal runs until 2022.

“We would like to extend Sam’s contract,” said McInnes.

“Whether we can do it or not remains to be seen. But we’re hopeful that we can extend it.”

Another striker who has been linked with Boro in recent months is Peterborough’s Ivan Toney.

The 23-year-old is also in fine form after netting 13 goals in 18 League One appearances this term.

Several Championship sides were reportedly tracking Toney in the summer while Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Burnley are now reportedly keen.

Earlier this week Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony was asked about speculation linking the striker with Boro on Twitter, to which he replied: "They love him, that’s for sure. But sometimes what you love isn’t what you can afford. Great result at weekend pal, well done & good luck for season."