By Danny Wright

Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack has completed a short-term loan switch to Melbourne City, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that McCormack, 31, is poised to be announced by the Australian outfit on Sunday before their A-League clash with Brisbane Roar.

It is understood that his temporary exit from Villa Park to Melbourne will last until January.

Villa owner Tony Xia has previously confirmed that the controversial Scotsman was on his way to Melbourne after it was reported in the Australian media, but now it seems that the deal has been complete and all that remains is an official confirmed of it being done and dusted.

This will be McCormack’s second loan spell away from Villa Park after he signed for them from Fulham last summer.

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He fell foul of manager Steve Bruce after missing training and was shipped out to Nottingham Forest, where his form failed to improve under the charge of Mark Warburton.

Since returning to the West Midlands, the 13-times Scotland international has made just two appearances, both of which coming in the League Cup after being omitted from every single matchday squad in the Championship.

Football Insider Verdict

McCormack has to go down as one of the worst signings Aston Villa have made – and they have made a lot in recent years. They will not get anywhere near the £12million they spent on him back as soon as he eventually goes for good and this loan move to Australia will certainly not increase his market value. The fact that he is coming back in January shows that Bruce may be looking to offload him permanently once the transfer window re-opens. The Mail reports that a move to Sunderland broke down on deadline day, so maybe that will open up once more.

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