By Harry Sykes 

Ross McCormack is on the verge of sensationally re-joining Fulham during the January window, according to a reliable journalist.

BBC West Midlands correspondent Mark Regan claimed on Saturday afternoon that Aston Villa forward McCormack is set to end his spell at Villa Park just six months after arriving.

Speaking on local radio, Villa expert Regan reported that he expected the 30-year-old to move to Fulham “very shortly”.

Regan did not specify if McCormack would leave the Midlands giants permanently or on loan for the rest of the season.

But speculation of the Scotland international returning to Craven Cottage has intensified in recent days, even though Villa paid a then Championship record fee of £12million for him only last summer.

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Intriguingly, McCormack was omitted from the matchday 18 on Saturday afternoon for Villa’s home clash against Preston, which finished 2-2 at Villa Park.

The striker was left out of the squad even though senior attacking duo Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew are at the African Cup of Nations.

McCormack has had a disappointing campaign for Villa, scoring just three goals in 20 Championship matches, a far cry from the prolific form he consistently displayed for former clubs Fulham and Leeds.

At Craven Cottage last season, the versatile front man chipped in with 23 goals from 49 appearances, including 21 strikes and 10 assists from 45 league matches.

Football Insider verdict:

Good business or an embarrassment of the highest order? Logic would veer towards the latter if Villa make a significant loss on McCormack to the very same club they shelled out a then Championship record for just six months earlier. Owner Tony Xia promised an end to the hapless transfer dealings of the previous regime when he took charge last summer, but being outmanoeuvred by Fulham would suggest the lessons of the past have not been learned. Nevertheless, Bruce appears to have been given the kind of power in the market his predecessors would have died for. And McCormack is certainly not to his taste. It appears inevitable that the Scot will exit this month.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, speculation of a sensational forward deal intensified on Saturday evening.

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