Clubs battle for Villa striker

Hopefully Wesley won't be the next McCormack

We told you yesterday that it was highly expected that Scottish striker Ross McCormack could be on his way to Sunderland on a loan deal but it now appears three other clubs are interested in his services.

The Reading Chronicle is reporting that Japp Stam is looking to hijack the former Fulham striker’s move to Sunderland.

Stam has already recruited Jon Dadi Bodvarsson this summer in a bid to bolster up his attacking options but with the news that Yann Kermorgant will miss at least the start of the season, Reading is looking at alternatives.

The Royals were recently told that their number target Tomer Hemed was not for sale by Brighton boss Chris Hughton.

The striker has failed to impress at VillaMeanwhile, the Derby Telegraph is also reporting that Derby and Hull have also entered the race to sign the striker, who has flopped at Aston Villa.

Derby has been linked with a move for the former Leed’s man on several occasions in the past.

It was thought that McCormack would get another chance at Villa providing he returned to pre-season training in good shape. He featured in the game at Shrewsbury but it is quite clear that he hasn’t impressed manager Steve Bruce.

The final nail was in the coffin when the striker was left out of the squad that travelled to Germany over the weekend.

It is a real shame as I feel that he is a player, once in the right frame of mind can be a real asset but he just appears to be another player to sign for Aston Villa and not produce the goods for one reason or another in a Claret and Blue shirt.

I echo the thoughts of most Villa supporters when I say that I hope he leaves on a permanent transfer. The last thing we need is to loan a player out to a potential rival club who could have an effect on us trying to gain promotion this year.


  1. I cant understand what’s going on at AVFC. Only a few day ago, it was officially mentioned by Villa that regarding McCormack the club had put a 8 million price tag on the player, and he was to be SOLD and not Loaned out again….So what do I read today ? He’s on the verge of joining Sunderland ON LOAN with the only delay is dividing up his wages I presume between the two clubs !!!!!!!
    Have I missed something ? We need the money, we issue a statement regarding what we want for him and no he’s not going on loan again, we lack a Striker in the squad at present ( even then its said in the local press that when asked SB said we didn’t need one !!) and we sell ourselves short YET AGAIN and it appears he’s off on loan again, and it looks like we will supplement his wages too…..
    I cant wait to read the fine points of his transfer to Sunderland, and what say in 12 mths they are going to do with him ? Knowing Sunderland, return him if he don’t come up to there expectations ( theres no guarantee of what they will get is there ?) and if this is the case, then we’ll be left with a washed up 31 year old with a worse bad attitude…..
    Nearly 59 years i’ve fully supported the Mighty Aston Villa, all my life in fact, yet they still amaze and annoy me sometimes. Ok, you could say if Sunderland don’t have him who will ? but according to the media, there are other parties interested ? but you could also say do we gain anything by loaning him out yet again….tried that and it didn’t work AND WE STILL HAD HIM BACK !
    We lack goals ( our biggest weakness considering we want to push for promotion this time around) and goals win games. So, love him or loathe him ( im not that struck myself) we still need someone to score goals, and plenty of them, and if ( big if) we show some faith in him by giving him a shot of regular games, he might just repay us in goals….what do we have to lose ? ANOTHER LOAN DEAL, when we cvlearly said we wanted to sell him ! Villa still need someone scoring a few goals, unless we rely on Agbonlahor ( he might chip in 2 or 3 ) and Hogan ( who has a lot to prove and as yet still needs to show the club his best form ) Both I should imagine will be SB first choices at this time, as he’s not to eager to play young U23 talent unless he’s desperate !) So do we say No to Sunderland and wait and see what interest could happen between now and transfer closing ? or Loan him out yet again ( and we subsidize his wages) or do we throw him into the mix against Hull and tell him to earn his money ( for once) and get that huge chip off his shoulder ? and return to being a footballer like the one we originally signed.


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