By Danny Wright

Sunderland are in talks with Aston Villa over a potential loan move for Ross McCormack, according to a report.

The Sunderland Echo claims on their website that Villa Championship rivals’ boss Simon Grayson has made an approach as he is eager to bolster his attacking options this summer and has McCormack on his radar.

It is also understood that Preston ace Jordan Hugill is on Grayson’s shortlist and he could forge a reunion with the target man at the Stadium of Light in the coming weeks.

The Sunderland Echo has previously reported that Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain was looking to get the deal finalised by Tuesday, however it now appears that talks are still underway over a possible loan deal which hasn’t previously been mentioned.

McCormack is no stranger to leaving Villa Park on a temporary basis after he was snapped up by Nottingham Forest in January just months into his spell in the West Midlands.

The Scottish forward endured a rotten run of form with the Villains and after a number of absences from training, he was shown the exit door by a livid Steve Bruce.

The former Leeds and Fulham ace scored just three goals in 22 appearances across all competitions for Aston Villa.

Football Insider Verdict

McCormack’s move to Villa should be an example to all second-tier teams of how not to spend your money. His £12million switch to Villa Park turned a few heads, even among the Midlands club’s own support, and now it looks like they are paying the cost of splashing over the odds on what is no more than a Championship player. It’s likely that Villa don’t want to suffer much of a loss on the Scot, and that could be what has led Sunderland into trying to work out a loan deal instead. His wages might also be high and that could also put off any potential suitors. McCormack’s failure must be a stark reminder to Villa on how to spend their money more wisely in the future.

In other Aston Villa news, the sporting director of this top-flight club has confirmed that he is close to completing the signing of this Villa defender.

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