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Dominic Calvert-Lewin is not the only 6ft-something centre-forward who learned all he knows from Everton legend Duncan Ferguson.

During his formative years at Finch Farm, Sam Cosgrove also honed the art of soaring headers from one of the most feared target men in Premier League history.

“Duncan just started his coaching at Everton when I was there. He was always fond of me, being a big guy myself,” the 6ft 2ins Yorkshire-born striker told the Daily Record last year.

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“There was all these small kids and play-makers coming through at the time, so he took a shine to me and maybe saw a bit of himself in me.”

Ferguson’s imprint stands out a country mile when watching Cosgrove rough up defenders north of the border.

The Aberdeen striker has scored 45 goals across the last two-and-a-half seasons at Aberdeen, and 12 of those have come with his head.

“His first goal reminds (me) of Duncan Ferguson, the way he generated the header,” Dons boss Derek McInnes said after Cosgrove powered home a trademark bullet header in a 2-0 victory over Hearts a few Christmassses back.

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According to the Sun, the now-24-year-old front man could soon be following in Ferguson’s footsteps; albeit with Newcastle United, rather than on the blue half of Merseyside.

Steve Bruce’s side are allegedly keen to bring in a youthful penalty-box poacher in the Andy Carroll mould and Cosgrove, who is understood to be valued at a bargain £2 million, fits the bill.

Ferguson spent just two years at St James’ Park between 1998 and 2000, playing a grand total of 30 Premier League matches.

If Cosgrove returns to England in January, he will be hoping to do a bit better in the iconic black and white shirt than his old mentor.

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