By Mark Smith

23rd Dec, 2019 | 9:00pm

MOT View: Valuation of reported Leeds target would make Jan move unlikely

Leeds United have already been linked with moves for numerous different strikers.

The Sun reported on Monday that scouts from the Whites were at Celtic Park to cast an eye over the performance of Aberdeen attacker Sam Cosgrove over the weekend.

It is suggested that Derby and Middlesbrough were also in Scotland to watch the forward as the race to sign the 23-year-old heats up.

However, a report from earlier in December could already scupper any potential move to West Yorkshire in January.

The Sun reported at the beginning of December that Aberdeen valued Cosgrove at £4million amid interest from Stoke City.

At that time, Michael O’Neill’s side were the only ones linked with interest in England, with the Scottish side not wanting to lose their star forward midway through the season.

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It was suggested that Serie A side Lazio were also interested in making a move for the 20-goal forward to boost their attacking options.

Now that Leeds, Middlesbrough, and Derby have joined the race alongside Stoke, Aberdeen will surely try and stick to their valuation of £4million.

That throws any immediate move from the Whites up in the air, with Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani not in a position to be throwing cash around at this point in the season, without promotion assured.

Low-price deals and loans are the most likely route for any Jan business.

If Aberdeen still want £4m then it makes a move for Cosgrove highly unlikely unless Leeds are looking for the summer.

However, that would be a lot of money for an untested striker who only cost Aberdeen £27k last year.

In reality, they may take much less. For Leeds to stay interested in January, it would have to be much, much less.

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