Charlton Athletic Lead Race For Championship Striker

Charlton Athletic are in pole position to sign out-of-favour Birmingham City striker Sam Cosgrove, as reported by Alan Nixon on his Patreon.

Cosgrove has only played 15 times for the Blues since his big money move south from Aberdeen in January 2021. During that time he has been sent on loan to Shrewsbury Town and AFC Wimbledon for short spells but found goals difficult to come by.

Last season was more productive for the Beverley born frontman as he notched 12 goals in all competitions for League One champions Plymouth Argyle.

Rumours of him leaving Birmingham this summer have circulated for some time and he was linked with a return to loan club Plymouth amongst others. It is now The Addicks that are seen to be favourites for the striker’s signature as they look to kickstart their season, a season that many have predicted would see them push for promotion.

Dean Holden’s Charlton have started the campaign poorly, with yesterday’s home defeat to Port Vale their fourth reverse in a row despite a busy summer transfer window.

Their transfer business looks impressive, with the loan capture of Panutche Camara from Ipswich Town, Tayo Edun from Blackburn Rovers and the signing of the much sought after Alfie May from Cheltenham Town. It appears that Holden has turned his attention towards Cosgrove as a partner for May.

Birmingham Live reported that Cosgrove will be allowed to leave should City receive a suitable offer but it remains to be seen whether it will be a loan or a sale. This uncertainty is partly due to Cosgrove’s wages that are described as ‘substantial’ and questions are raised as to whether a club in League One could take these on.

Writer’s View

Sam Cosgrove needs to find a home and get regular football. He proved at Aberdeen that he can find the back of the net and started to recapture that form in front of goal last season.

His move to Birmingham clearly hasn’t worked out and for both parties a separation seems to the the best outcome. Birmingham will want those wages to be freed up and Cosgrove should be looking for regular game time.

You would imagine that a loan is the most likely outcome due to the wage situation unless the two clubs and player can come to some sort of agreement.

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