Date: 7th January 2018 at 9:07pm
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Aston Villa attacker Ross McCormack has opened talks with the club over extending his current loan deal with Australian side Melbourne City, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim on their website that the 31-year-old forward has grown to enjoy life down under and has requested that his loan spell is extended until the end of the season, when he will make a final decision over his future.

The experienced attacker’s current deal was set to expire in January, but having enjoyed a spell of impressive goal scoring form in the A-League, with 10 goals in 13 appearances for his loan side, he is said to be looking to secure a long-term loan deal.

McCormack, who signed for Aston Villa from Fulham in 2016, has just three goals in 24 appearances for the Villans and has fallen firmly out of favour of boss Steve Bruce.

Football Insider verdict

Realistically there is no reason for Villa not to let the forward remain with Melbourne for the rest of the season, with there being little to no chance of him returning to the senior squad under Bruce. However, with a severe injury crisis suffered in attack during the first half of the season, the former Hull City boss might have been left wondering ‘what if?’ over having the 31-year-old at his disposal. Still, it seems likely Bruce will grant the forward’s request, keeping him away from Villa Park and delaying an inevitable loan or sale for a little bit longer.

In other Aston Villa news, the Villains have joined the hunt for this £40,000-a-week title-winner from a Premier League club.

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