By Danny Wright

Aston Villa outcast Ross McCormack is keen on agreeing a deal to spend the rest of the season on loan at Australian A-League outfit Melbource City, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that McCormack, 31, has had such a good start to life Down Under that he is open to the idea of extending his current loan deal there to last until the summer.

It is understood that a number of approaches have been made for the in-form forward, who has scored five goals in his first seven league games in the A-League.

The report states that English sides have approached the Villains with enquiries about taking the ex-Leeds ace on a loan deal, however he is keen to stay at Melbourne.

McCormack’s temporary deal with Melbourne is due to expire in January, but with it looking as though he has no future at Villa Park following a turbulent first season there, he may be about to find a way to avoid returning until the end of the campaign.

The attacker infamously failed to show up to training due to a failed gate system at his home, resulting in Steve Bruce banishing him from the first-team.

Football Insider Verdict

If Aston Villa have the choice over what to do with McCormack they should look to see out his deal at Melbourne and when he returns in January, farm him out to an English club. If he stays on domestic soil, it is very likely that he could seek a permanent move and finally get off the club’s wage bill once and for all. Melbourne are likely to not have the financial muscle to pull off a move for the Scotland international, meaning that it’s very much a short-term option for him to be in Australia. Bruce should bring him home, have another go at flogging him for good in January and if that fails send him out on loan. Luckily he has been in good form Down Under and that has allowed teams to become interested.

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