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Could release of Ross McCormack make him an easier Sunderland target?

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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.

(Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

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.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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