By Harvey Byrne
Aston Villa attacker Ross McCormack wants a move to Championship promotion rivals Sunderland, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun reporter David Coverdale has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Black Cats are confident of signing up the 30-year-old on loan this summer with the Scotsman keen on a move to the Stadium of Light.
#safc still confident of signing Ross McCormack on loan. Player wants to move to the Stadium of Light.
— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) August 2, 2017
Coverdale’s claim follows a report from TeamTalk stating that the north east club want McCormack in before Friday’s Championship opener against Sunderland.
However, there was no mention of the 13-time Scotland international wanting the move himself.
But, a disappointing year spent at Villa Park following his £12million move from Fulham last summer could be forcing his decision.
McCormack was limited to just 22 appearances for Steve Bruce’s team last season, scoring three goals before joining league rivals Nottingham Forest on loan for the remainder of the season in the winter window.
He played even less games at Forest with just seven outings where he returned one goal and if he does move to Sunderland he will certainly be hoping for improvement.
Football Insider verdict:
Aston Villa are well occupied in the forward position with Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan and Gabriel Agbonlahor all able to lead the line. Bruce also usually plays with a one upfront formation, meaning that McCormack is unlikely to see much first team football if he does remain at Villa Park. Therefore, a loan move would be the best decision for both himself and Villa. The forward will have a chance to impress at Sunderland and if he does find his scoring boots again then the Midlands giants can at least try and recoup some of the £12million spend.
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