Sunderland are said to be keen on the loan signing of Ross McCormack this summer. The Aston Villa man cost the Villans £12 million when signed from Fulham in the summer of 2016. However, his time at Villa Park has been highly unsuccessful. He has scored just three times for the club since and barely played after falling out with manager Steve Bruce.
It has been quite a fall from grace for a player who was one of the Championship’s most lethal marksmen in the three years preceding.
Even a spell at Nottingham Forest in winter 2016-17 was unsuccessful. The Scot managed just one goal in seven games in a deal that effectively ended early in March..
So why would Sunderland bring him in?
Clearly, it seems, his best days are behind him. That may be true, but his performances in Australia recently suggest he still has what it takes to score at a certain level.
“We hope he [McCormack] looks back on his time in Melbourne and thoroughly enjoyed it. He was a hit with the fans and players so I think it worked for both parties. It’s just disappointing and frustrating we couldn’t come to an agreement and prolong it until the end of the season.”
McCormack joined Melbourne City on loan in September 2017. He managed to score an impressive 14 goals in 17 games for the side in his six months down under.
The A-League is a level below the Championship, but perhaps on par with the majority of teams in League One. If McCormack can find goals in Australia, then at the third-tier he could be equally as deadly.
As long as everything is in order off the pitch, the Scot would be a great addition to Sunderland’s slim attacking options.
Three perfect Premier League strikers Sunderland could get on loan
Sunderland are said to be in the market for another loan signing.
Sunderland are still hopeful of bringing in another striker before the loan window shuts at the end of the month. The Black Cats are short in the position, despite the summer arrivals of Charlie Wyke and Jerome Sinclair. With both currently injured, Josh Maja has been leading the line on his own.
As reported by the Shields Gazette, Sunderland are currently trawling through the Premier League looking for potential recruits.
Well here are three strikers who would be excellent in League One, currently out-of-favour in the Premier League…
Cauley Woodrow – Fulham
The 23-year-old has near zero chance of playing for Fulham this season, considering the attacking threats ahead of him.
Yet, he is a very talented forward. Nine caps and three goals for the England under-21s highlights his pedigree. Previous loan spells at Burton Albion and Bristol City have been reasonably successful. Sunderland would certainly welcome his arrival.
Nahki Wells – Burnley
A slightly more ambitious move this one would be for the Bermudan striker. The 28-year-old has failed to establish himself at Burnley and transfer activity at Turf Moor sees him out of favour completely this season.
The last time he played in League One with Bradford City, he scored 14 goals in 19 games. A tough one to secure, but would be a phenomenal recruit.
Joe Mason – Wolves
The Irishman is back at Wolves after a loan spell at Colorado Rapids. However, he is available for loan with no chance of first-team football for the 27-year-old.
Would offer Sunderland something different to the strikers they already have and would relish rare regular first-team football.
Could release of Ross McCormack make him an easier Sunderland target?
The Aston Villa star could get released this month, giving Sunderland a chance to act on apparent interest.
It seems Aston Villa could soon finally be rid of Ross McCormack. The Scottish striker has failed to be a hit at Villa Park following his big-money move from Fulham in 2016. After falling out with manager Steve Bruce he has been exiled from the first-team and spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest and Melbourne City.
Now, according to the Sunday Mirror (print edition, 12/08/18, pg 65), Bruce has implored Aston Villa’s hierarchy to release McCormack from his contract.
Which would be great news for Sunderland.
According to a report from the Daily Mail last month, Sunderland were eyeing up a deal for the 31-year-old striker. A loan move was being mooted, as Sunderland looked to add attacking power.
In the end, nothing came of the reports.
Sunderland would have, of course, struggled to pay the wages McCormack is currently on at Aston Villa. The Championship side would also be reticent to pay a large portion of any wage packet, considering the financial outlay that has already gone into the flop signing.
Now, if McCormack becomes free to sign this month, Sunderland would be wise to make a move.
They would have more luck trying to convince McCormack to lower his wage demands than his club. Sunderland would also have the added knowledge that he would be theirs to keep, should he be a success.
Sunderland would have until the end of the month to secure his signature. If McCormack becomes a free agent soon, Sunderland should be one of the first teams on the phone.
Sunderland loan watch: Lamine Kone faces a fight and Sam Brotherton misses 8-1 win
How did the two players away on loan from Sunderland get on this week?
Sunderland currently only have two players out on loan from the club at present. That number is likely to increase before the end of the season. Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong are both available as Sunderland aim to get their wages off the books. Bryan Oviedo and Lee Cattermole are also not safe whilst several youngsters might be tempted by playing regular football elsewhere.
But as Sunderland drew 1-1 with Luton Town this weekend, how did the two players currently loaned out by Sunderland get on?
Lamine Kone – Strasbourg
The Sunderland outcast had a dream debut for the club, scoring in a pre-season friendly just a day after signing.
However, he has not yet done enough to earn a starting place with the Ligue 1 side. The 29-year-old watched from the bench as his side pulled off something of a shock, beating Bordeaux 2-0 away from home.
Kone looks like he will have a fight on to usurp Stefan Mitrovic and Pablo Martinez from centre-back in Alsace.
Sam Brotherton – Blyth Spartans
The New Zealand international’s National League North side had a day to remember on Saturday. They absolutely hammered Chester FC 8-1. However, Brotherton was not available.
He came off 45 minutes into his debut against Hereford on the opening day. It forced him out of the Bradford Park Avenue defeat in midweek and he also missed this humbling performance.
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