By Wayne Veysey

14th Aug, 2017 | 4:50pm

Leeds make stunning approach to sign former playmaker - report

By Harry Sykes

Leeds United have made a stunning move to re-sign Aston Villa playmaker Ross McCormack, according to a report.

The Mail claim that the Yorkshire giants have contacted Villa and enquired about the possibility of signing the out-of-favour deep lying forward.

It is said that Sunderland were hoping to sign the Scotland international but have yet to agree on the loan fee demanded by Villa.

Leeds have now joined the race to sign the 30-year-old, who has slipped down the pecking order at the Midlands giants after his £12.5million move last summer turned sour.

McCormack quit Leeds in the summer of 2014 to make a controversial £11million transfer to Fulham.

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During four years at Elland Road, the Scot scored 58 goals and supplied 31 assists from 157 matches in all competitions.

Football Insider verdict:

McCormack’s time at Villa is up. That has been clear since he fell foul of Bruce during ‘gate-gate’ last winter, when the Scot could not make it to training. Had he been playing well, the manager might have forgiven him. But McCormack was not pulling his considerable weight on the field, and clearly not keeping in shape off it. A fresh start is what’s needed, and Villa would like to see the once-prolific forward add to his transfer value with some decent performances out on loan. A return to a club where he played some of the best football of his career makes sense. Given McCormack’s history with Leeds, this would be a sensational move but also a good one for all parties.

In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Thomas Christiansen is lining up a move for a centre-back who is highly regarded and is captain of his club.

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