By Aramide Oladipo
Aston Villa have rejected a loan offer from fellow Championship side Sunderland for striker Ross McCormack this summer, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claims that Villa would prefer to see the 30-year-old leave on a permanent deal and they have slapped an £8million price tag on him.
This follows up from the story in the Sunderland Echo which reported that the two Championship teams were holding discussions over a potential summer move for the striker.
The newspaper claims that new Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has placed McCormack as his number one target as he is desperate to add more attacking options to his squad ahead of the new season.
The report claims that fellow Championship sides Reading, Derby County and Hull City have all been in contact with Villa about the striker but not one club are ready to match the asking price.
It is reported that Villa manager Steve Bruce is willing to let McCormack leave the club but only for the right price.
The Scotland international only signed for the Midlands club last summer for £12million but a public falling out with Bruce saw him sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window.
The striker has only managed to score three goals during his short tenure at the club.
McCormack’s current contract at Villa Park runs out in 2020.
Football Insider verdict
It is completely understandable that Aston Villa want to recoup as much of the £12million that they spent on the striker as they possibly can. The McCormack saga has been an absolute nightmare for fans, manager and player alike and it would be best for all parties involved to reach an agreement to see the striker leave Villa Park as soon as possible. It is plausible that Steve Bruce might have allowed to let the striker leave for cheaper had top goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia not suffered an injury that is likely to see him miss the start of the new season. The ball is now is Sunderland’s court and if they are so desperate to land McCormack this summer, they should match Villa’s asking price.
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