By Danny Wright
Aston Villa could open the door for Ross McCormack to join Sunderland with West Ham attacker Robert Snodgrass set for a medical in the West Midlands, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims that Snodgrass, 29, is on the verge of joining the Villains on a season-long loan deal which has the option to be made permanent next summer.
It is understood that the Premier League attacker has been made available for transfer after West Ham deemed him as being surplus to requirements after failing to live up to expectations following his £7.5million switch from Hull in January.
McCormack, 31, is said to be wanted by Sunderland and the swoop for Snodgrass may see his switch to the Stadium of Light gain momentum.
The Scottish international, who is one of the more senior attacking players in Steve Bruce’s squad, has had a turbulent year at Villa Park following his big-money move from Fulham last summer.
He fell out of favour of Bruce after failing to turn up to training and was subsequently sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest, where his form failed to improve.
McCormack has played just once for Villa in their first five fixtures of this season when he came off the bench in the 4-1 hammering of Wigan this week.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s about time that Villa got rid of McCormack for good and it seems that their move for Snodgrass will be balanced out by his fellow Scot’s exit. Unfortunately, it seems that Sunderland might not be able to afford to take McCormack on a permanent basis, but hopefully for Villa they will at least be able to get him off the wage bill. The ex-Leeds man is perhaps the worst signing that the Villains have made in the last decade. He has been expensive, caused problems in the dressing room and has shown nothing to prove his worth on the pitch. Snodgrass will no doubt be a great replacement.
In other Aston Villa news, Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp doesn’t think Villa will be able to sign this top-flight midfielder.