By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa are willing to subsidise Ross McCormack’s wages in order to get him out of the club by Tuesday night, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Midlands giants are keen to get rid of the Scotland international after he was publicly shamed by Steve Bruce for skipping training.
It is said that Villa are keen for McCormack, 30, to leave on loan during the January window and are willing to pay half of his £45,000-a-week wages to ensure he has a new club by the transfer deadline.
Norwich and the striker’s former club Fulham are among the Championship outfits who have been linked with a late-window bid to prise him from Villa Park.
Intriguingly, Alex Neil’s side made a bid to sign the forward last summer but were beaten to his signature by Villa’s then Championship record £12million offer.
Bruce is now ready to move McCormack on following a wretched campaign by the once prolific second-tier operator.
He has been training with the Under-23s after missing a number of training sessions, including on one occasion when he claimed his house gates were stuck.
The Mail report that the Villa manager is trying to offload the Scotland international and his attacker teammate Jordan Ayew, who could be heading to Premier League outfit Swansea.
The Midlands giants are keen to land at least one new front man as they set their sights on a tilt at promotion in the second half of the season, with Brentford’s Scott Hogan and Middlesbrough’s Jordan Rhodes among those in their sights.
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.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, speculation of a sensational forward deal intensified on Saturday evening.