By Amir Mir
Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack is attracting interest from a string of Premier League and Championship clubs, according to a report.
HITC Sport claims the 30-year-old is prepared to leave Villa Park with eight clubs interested in his services.
It is said his former club Fulham, Championship rivals, Brighton, Derby, Wolves, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday and Premier League duo, Burnley and Sunderland are interested in him.
McCormack has been demoted to the Under-23s by manager Steve Bruce after the summer signing missed training last week citing faulty gates at his house as an excuse.
This angered his club manager who publicly shamed him after the 2-2 draw against Preston by stating McCormack is unfit and has attitude problems.
The star striker, who has only scored three goals all season since his £12million switch from Fulham, was left out of the matchday squad at the weekend and appears increasingly likely to sever his ties with Villa in the remaining days of the window.
It is said Bruce is willing to let him leave despite the player only making a record switch to Villa Park six months ago.
Football Insider verdict:
It is quite baffling to see so many clubs interested in signing McCormack, in particular, Premier League clubs who are aiming to secure safety. McCormack has shown for Villa this season that he is unable to produce the goods and as a result has let himself down with his actions. A move back to Fulham would perhaps suit him best because that is the club he last played for. At the age of, 30, there is no long-term future the Scotsman can offer, rather than performing right here, right now. However, he is shown that he is unable to do that, three goals all season long is an example why the experienced campaigner has been an absolute flop.
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