By Harvey Byrne

Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain will try to engineer a move for senior Aston Villa attacker Ross McCormack in the next 24 hours, according to a report.

The Sunderland Echo have claimed on their website that the 30-year-old is currently topping the Black Cats’ wanted list this summer.

The report follows on from the Mirror claiming over the weekend that the Midlands giants were willing to listen to offers for the Scotsman.

McCormack has been left of of Steve Bruce’s side’s pre-season tour of Germany this summer and it looks like his time at the club could be nearing it’s end after just one-year.

The striker was one of Aston Villa’s main signings last summer, joining in a £12million deal from Fulham and agreeing a contract up to 2020.

However, he managed a return of just three goals in 22 appearances for the club before being sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest in January following a public fall out with Bruce.

Football Insider verdict:

Sometimes for whatever reason a player and a club simply do not work together and that would seem to be the case for McCormack. The forward had a stunning strike rate in the 2015-16 season with Fulham, bagging on 23 occasions in 49 appearances in all competitions. However, he has struggled to hit those heavy heights at Aston Villa and he has been overshadowed by star forward Jonathan Kodjia. It is now clear that the Midlands side will have to offload him sooner rather than later if they are to recoup any of the fee spent on him and a move to another promotion rivals in Sunderland could now be on the cards.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Villa senior man is keen on a move away from the club.

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