By Amir Mir
Fulham could table a cash bid for Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack by Sunday, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the London-based club want to re-sign the 30-year-old and are eyeing a loan swoop as his struggles at Villa Park continue.
But it is said that Fulham could also come up with a cash offer this week, although, due to the size of McCormack’s wages, they would prefer a short-term deal.
It would be seen as a sensational transfer as the Scotsman only moved to Villa Park from Craven Cottage last summer for a then Championship record fee of £12million.
The Sun report that Villa manager Steve Bruce is willing to let him go in a full-time move in order to fund a new move for Middlesbrough man Jordan Rhodes.
McCormack has scored only three goals in 22 games in all competitions this season for the Midlands club, having scored on 23 occasions for Fulham last term.
It is also said that Bruce is trying to move out versatile attacker Jordan Ayew, but the Ghana international, who is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations, is only interested in a move to the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
McCormack should stay put at Villa Park unless the club received the full £12million fee they paid to land him from Fulham. The 30-year-old has been struggling for form this season but he has shown in past seasons, most recently the previous campaign, that he has goals in his locker. With Henri Lansbury signed up and Barnsley playmaker Conor Hourihane not far behind, the Scotsman will now have the driving and creative force behind him that can see him begin to score the goals that Villa need for a promotion push. Not only that, with star man Jonathan Kodjia away, Bruce should utilise McCormack as a forward that would see him begin his goal run.
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