Derby County, Stoke City and Middlesbrough are all under performing by their high standards, and each club are in the market for new players this up and coming January transfer window.

One player each of the trio have identified as a possible target is Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove, who has scored nine goals in 14 appearances so far this campaign.

The 22-year old is one of the leading scorers in the Scottish Premier League, only behind Rangers duo Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos and Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard, and the Aberdeen front man is attracting attention from the Championship as a result.

According to The Sun, Aberdeen are looking for a fee believed to be in the region of £4 million, which all three clubs could part with the gain the services of the prolific forward.

Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the entire second tier, having scored just 16 goals in 19 Championship fixtures. Cosgrove would have to compete with the likes of Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher to get into the side.

Similarly, Stoke have only 20 goals in that time, but has plenty more strikers at the club to challenge Cosgrove up front, with Sam Vokes, Mame Diouf, Scott Hogan, Lee Gregory and Tyrese Campbell already at Michael O’Neill’s disposal.

Derby have also only managed to score 20 goals so far this campaign, Martyn Waghorn, Jack Marriott and Chris Martin are their forwards at present.

Cosgrove offers a different dynamic to what is already at each club’s disposal already, and could be a cheaper option to provide more goals than other players on the trio’s shortlists.