By Aramide Oladipo
Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack is still set to secure a deadline day deal to Championship rivals Sunderland but both teams are yet to reach an agreement, according to a reliable journalist.
Graeme Bailey, an insider for The Gambling Times, has revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Black Cats are still negotiating with Villa over the 31-year-old’s wages in a potential last minute summer deal.
Ross McCormack deal to Sunderland is still on – think it will happen but be a late one…Sunderland pushing Villa over wages.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 31, 2017
Bailey had recently revealed on his Twitter account that SPL giants Rangers had made a last-ditch enquiry for the Villa striker earlier on in the day.
The striker secured a permanent move to Villa Park last summer but he had a public falling out with manager Steve Bruce which cost him a regular place in the side.
McCormack was sent out on loan to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest where he only managed to score one goal in seven appearances.
The Scotland international has been selected for the Villa matchday squads in the Championship this season but he did make a late cameo appearance in the 4-1 triumph against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup last week.
The striker currently has three years remaining on his contract at Villa Park.
Football Insider verdict
It appears that Villa boss Steve Bruce has made up his mind and he has completely lost faith in McCormack for the season. It would be best for everyone involved if a deal can be agreed that would see the striker depart from Villa Park and try and reignite his career. Bailey believes that this deal could go right down to the wire which is commonplace on transfer deadline day and McCormack will surely be hopeful that a move can be sanctioned before the window shuts tonight at 11pm. Although he doesn’t appear to be in the first-team plans, the striker is the type of player who can bag plenty goals in the league and it could be a decision that haunts Villa by the end of the campaign.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have ambushed Leeds’ attempt to sign a £59,000-a-week ace.