Aston Villa slap big price tags on misfiring pair to fund moves for quartet - report
By Alex Stevens
Aston Villa have slapped £10million price tags on misfiring striker duo Ross McCormack and Jordan Ayew, according to a report.
The Mail claim manager Steve Bruce is willing to cash in on the front men to fund moves for creative midfielders and a new striker.
It is said that forward pair McCormack and Ayew have been made available for £10million each, big prices for players in a league where the record signing is £15million, after failing to score the goals that Villa would have hoped for this season.
Villa are keen on signing players who can create and score, with attention now focused on prising striker Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough as well as landing two of midfield trio Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane and Adlene Guedioura.
The Mail report that Villa have tabled an initial bid of £6million rising to £10million with add-ons for prolific forward Rhodes, but the Premier League outfit are holding out for £9million up front.
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The Midlands club’s chances of signing the Scotland international, 26, will have a knock-on effect on whether McCormack and Ayew remain at Villa Park.
Currently away with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations, versatile forward Ayew has scored just three goals in 22 league and cup encounters this season, including only two league strikes.
Former Leeds and Fulham spearhead McCormack has failed to replicate the form that earned him a £12million move to Villa Park last summer. He has also scored just three goals in 22 appearances for the promotion hopefuls.
Football Insider verdict:
Ayew and McCormack have been two of Villa’s biggest disappointments this season. They were expected to clean up in the Championship but that has not proved to be the case. Ayew has struggled in a wide role, while there have been question marks about McCormack’s weight and suitability for a side where everything does not revolve around him. Rhodes might not be super quick but he is a goal machine at Championship level and would enhance the club’s chances of an instant return to the Premier League.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Bruce has made this worrying assessment of the Villa squad.