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Aberdeen should sell reported Newcastle United and Stoke City target Sam Cosgrove but only for a fee in excess of £5 million, former Dons star Frank McDougall has told the Press and Journal.

The more cynical members of an increasingly disillusioned Toon fanbase will tell you Cosgrove would fit in perfectly at St James’ Park. A striker who, like Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and even Callum Wilson, is making goalscoring look difficult at the moment.

After returning from long-term injury, the former Everton youngster has scored just three times in 13 matches for an Aberdeen side that has made a habit of wasting chances.

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Nevertheless, The Sun believes Newcastle and Stoke remain interested, with Aberdeen expected to demand about £2.7 million for the Yorkshire-born 24-year-old.

McDougall, however, believes Cosgrove shouldn’t go anywhere unless someone is willing to offer a far larger fee for a man who scored 44 goals in his first two seasons at Pittodrie.

“I would sell him. The return from the strikers at Aberdeen hasn’t been good enough this season. If it was me and I received a decent offer, I’d cash in and reinvest the money in the team,” says McDougall, who scored 36 goals in 54 games for the Dons in the 1980s.

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“If clubs in England can cherry-pick the best players from the likes of Celtic and Rangers, what chance do Aberdeen have?

“Let’s say Aberdeen sold Cosgrove for £2 million. What does that buy you in the market? Not enough to challenge the dominance of the big two in Scotland. In fact, £5 million isn’t enough.”

A 6ft 2in target man who learned how to rough up defenders from the legendary Duncan Ferguson at Goodison Park, Newcastle may view Cosgrove as a younger version of 32-year-old Carroll.

Clearly a fully fit Cosgrove is capable of finding the net on a regular basis. His tally of 23 goals from last season proves it.

But, as Callum Wilson will tell you, a striker can’t be expected to thrive when the service is so poor.

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