Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says the Dons need help in the forward area after losing Sam Cosgrove late in the transfer window.

The striker has returned to England for around £2 million, signing a long-term deal with Birmingham City. But with no money to replace Cosgrove, loan moves are McInnes’ options. They started without a striker during a 0-0 draw with Livingston on Saturday.

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A draw between Aberdeen and Livingston. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Stade De Reims man Fraser Hornby and St Johnstone’s Callum Hendry are temporary options and McInnes knows his side need a hand: “We created some gilt-edged chances, right the way through the game.

“Connor McLennan’s that came off the bar, Ross McCrorie, Matty Kennedy, Jonny Hayes, Bruce Anderson’s header at the death, we weren’t short on giving ourselves a chance to win the game. In terms of that, I have to be pleased with what we did but we have to stick the ball in the net when the chance is there.

“It’s difficult playing without a recognised number nine to lead the line. I thought young Connor had some good moments in the game, but the team needs a bit of help at the top end of the pitch, we all need that lift, players, staff, supporters, and as a club, we’ll be working really hard on that in the next couple of days.

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Cosgrove has gone to Birmingham City. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“The January window is traditionally difficult to bring a number nine in unless you’re spending big money. We’ve been chasing a few possibilities so I’m hopeful, but we need help.”

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