By Harry Sykes

Sunderland are in advanced talks with Aston Villa to sign Ross McCormack but they have yet to agree how much they will contribute towards his £45,000-a-week wages, according to a report.

The Mail claim the north-east club are pushing to get McCormack, 30, signed on a loan deal in order for him to be available for their Championship opener against Derby on Friday night.

Sunderland would need to have the deal in place by tonight (Thursday) for that to happen, although there is a growing confidence the deal can be done.

The 13-time Scotland international has barely featured for Steve Bruce’s side in pre-season after a spectacular fall-out with the manager last season before joining Nottingham Forest on loan for the second half of the campaign.

McCormack was one of Villa’s headline signings last summer but failed to live up to his £12million fee as he scored just three goals in 22 appearances.

He played even less often at Forest, where seven outings yielded just a single goal.

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. This is a good move for all parties.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are set to imminently find out if they have won the race to sign brilliant attacker from Premier League giants.

We’ve launched a << BREAKING NEWS FEED>> exclusively for your club. ‘Like Us’ on Facebook by clicking here if you want 24/7 updates on all Aston Villa breaking news.