By Abigail Withey 

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has responded to a claim on social media which suggested Ross McCormack was moving to Melbourne City and has revealed that it is true.

Australian football writer Ray Gatt claimed on his personal Twitter account that Melbourne had signed the 31-year-old as a “replacement” for injured forward Bruno Fornaroli.

The Chinese businessman then responded to an Aston Villa news account on social media and confirmed that the centre-forward would be moving away from the Midland club, even though the transfer window in England closed at the end of last month.

Xia didn’t reveal whether is would be a permanent or loan transfer, but said: “It’s not rumour. Hope RM can work out and win him back this time”.

The Villa owner shared the response on his personal Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.

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Xia responded to the claims just hours before his side’s home clash against Nottingham Forest, as the Villains hoped to replicate last weekend’s winning success away at Barnsley.

McCormack joined Villa from Fulham last summer and failed to nail down a permanent spot in the club which results in a half season-long loan away at fellow Championship club Nottingham Forest from January to July this year.

The forward is yet to feature in the Championship this season and has made just two appearances for Steve Bruce’s side against Wigan and Middlesbrough in the League Cup.

In other Aston Villa news, fans have reacted to an injury announcement on Twitter. 

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