By Danny Wright

Aston Villa’s Midlands rival Derby are one of several Championship clubs keeping an eye on Ross McCormack, according to a report.

News outlet TeamTalk claims that Sunderland, Reading and Hull are also interested in snapping up the 30-year-old senior player this summer, just a year after he was signed by Villa in a £12million deal from Fulham.

It is understood that Steve Bruce is looking to sell the unruly forward this summer in order to free up his transfer and wage budgets.

Villa have not spent any near as much money this summer as they have in recent years with Ahmed Elmohamady the only new recruit to have arrived at Villa Park for a fee.

McCormack’s future with Aston Villa was cast into doubt last season after missing training sessions before he was shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest.

The former Leeds and Fulham ace featured just 22 times across all competitions for Villa, scoring three goals in the process.

Football Insider Verdict

McCormack’s time at Villa Park should come to an end this summer after what has been a nightmare stay in the West Midlands for him. Bruce shouldn’t be willing to give the striker a second chance after his indiscretions last season could have been a major factor as to why his side didn’t challenge for promotion. The Villains may have to accept making a loss on the Scotland international. £12million was a lot to spend on him, but following his spells at Fulham and Leeds it was fair to assume that he could have been the man to fire the club back to the top-flight.

In other Aston Villa news, the club should make an effort at landing this Moroccan playmaker.

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