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23rd Jan, 2017 | 2:19pm

BBC journalist delivers major update on Aston Villa striker deal

By Will Butcher

Ross McCormack will not be leaving Aston Villa on loan to join Fulham, according to a reliable journalist.

In a major update to the McCormack transfer saga, BBC journalist Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account that the 30-year-old is not returning to his former side, just six months after signing for Villa from Fulham for £12million.

McCormack, who has also played for Leeds, Cardiff and Rangers, was believed to be moving back to Craven Cottage on a temporary basis after a bout of ill discipline at Villa Park.

The Scotland international was lambasted by manager Steve Bruce in front of the media after skipping training last week, due to a problem with the electric gates at his mansion.

Now, the versatile forward is training with Villa’s reserve side as he remains at loggerheads with his manager, as a move was expected to take place before the end of the transfer window.

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However, a move back to his old side looks to have plummeted into doubt following Murphy’s update, which could see McCormack remain at Villa Park until the summer.

The Birmingham Mail claim Villa have pulled the plug on signing Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, with Bruce potentially keeping McCormack as cover for the Midlands giants.

Football Insider verdict:

In what will come as a huge blow to McCormack, Villa now look likely to be stuck with the forward. The striker’s stock is worsening every second he is with the Championship outfit, and needs to jump ship to save his career by looking to impress on loan. His reportedly aborted loan move could see the striker ostracised by manager Bruce who may force him to remain with the reserves until the summer when he will search in vain for a new club. With more than three years remaining on his Villa Park deal, McCormack is unlikely to be allowed to leave on the cheap following his huge transfer fee that saw him move in the summer from Fulham, and that could be another factor that will see him remain in claret and blue until the end of the season.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Premier League forward has been targeted after starring against Arsenal on the weekend.

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