By Will Butcher
Nottingham Forest have stumped up a huge £30,000 a week to bring Ross McCormack to the City Ground, according to a reliable journalist.
Forest made a last-minute decision to sign the Aston Villa flop on loan until the end of the season, after a dismal stay at Villa Park following his £12million move in the summer.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account that Forest are paying through the nose for the 30-year-old, who has failed to prove his worth so far this season.
It remains unclear how much the former Leeds star was being paid at Aston Villa, and what percentage £30,000 a week is of his overall pay cheque.
The Scotland international was allowed to leave the Midlands this month after a huge fallout with manager Steve Bruce, with his attitude coming into question.
On one occasion, the forward refused to attend training as he said the gates on his mansion were faulty and would not open.
Since his summer move from Championship rivals Fulham, McCormack has scored just three goals in 22 league and cup appearances against Huddersfield, Burton and new side Forest.
Football Insider verdict:
Aston Villa fans will be delighted to clear £30,000 off of the wage bill until the end of the season, with the playmaker hardly warranting a third of that. In what is a bold move by Forest owner Fawaz, Forest fans will be delighted to finally see the controversial owner put his money where his mouth is and spend big on the striker. However, Forest fans will believe that the money could have been better spent, as McCormack has failed to replicate the form that saw him earn a £12million to Roberto Di Matteo’s Villa in the summer.
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