By Harvey Byrne
Fulham have told Championship rivals Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday to stump up a club record £15million for striker Ross McCormack, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Londoners have rejected Wednesday’s £11.5million offer and want £15million to let the 29-year-old move to Hillsbrough.
The Scottish international had previously been linked with Aston Villa and Newcastle and it had been suggested that the Cottagers would lower their asking price after his £12million release clause expired on Friday, as reported on Football Insider.
However, this latest development suggests that the two recently relegated sides would have to pay a fee close to their club record signings if they wanted to obtain the striker.
Newcastle’s record signing is England striker Michael Owen for £17million from Real Madrid in 2005, while Aston Villa’s is Darren Bent for £18million from Sunderland in 2011.
The Tyneside club sealed the signature of Dwight Gayle for £10million from Crystal Palace on Friday, so their interest in the Fulham striker may cool off with the recently revealed asking price.
However, Villa will be eager to add some much needed firepower to their ranks and the free-scoring McCormack may be the perfect option because of his wealth of experience in the Championship.
In other Aston Villa news, the club have sold Jose Angel Crespo to Greek outfit PAOK.