By Wayne Veysey

18th Aug, 2017 | 4:33pm

Odd slashed to 2/1 on Leeds signing striker with excellent track record

By Harry Sykes

The odds have tumbled on Leeds United re-signing Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack before the transfer window shuts, according to bookmakers.

Ladbrokes have priced the Yorkshire giants at 2/1 to land the Scotland international, 31, over the next fortnight.

The odds have shorted amid reports that Leeds are trying to sign McCormack, whose future is up in the air after a wretched 12 months at Villa, where he has not been involved at the start of the new campaign after falling out of favour under Steve Bruce.

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

Leeds are trying to beat Sunderland to the capture of McCormack on what is likely to be a loan deal for a player on £45,000-a-week wages at Villa Park.

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

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

In the Championship alone, McCormack’s 333 matches have yielded a highly impressive 120 goals and 58 assists.

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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