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Reports suggest intriguing Aston Villa deal is close to completion

It has been Aston Villa fans who have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern over the last few weeks as their side continue to climb up the Championship table.

Steve Bruce’s men made a sluggish start to the new season by winning just one of their opening seven league matches, but three successive victories over Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, and Burton Albion has propelled the Midlands outfit up to eighth in the division.

The Villans are now unbeaten in seven games and head into this weekend’s clash with Bolton Wanderers with renewed confidence ahead of a possible promotion push, and several of our resident Villa supporters are also likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Birmingham Mail.

And that’s because they outline that outcast Ross McCormack looks set to leave the club on loan in the near future, with Australian side Melbourne City reportedly set to secure a move for the striker.

The 31-year-old only moved to Villa Park back in 2016 but struggled to make a meaningful impact at the club last season, and was eventually shipped out on loan to Forest back in January to underline his lowly position in the Villa pecking order.

And with just two Carabao Cup appearances this time round as well, it’s clear that the Scotland international has little to no future at Villa Park, and was reportedly close to sealing a move to Sunderland during the summer transfer window, although no deal came to fruition.

Nonetheless, it does appear that he’s going to end his Villa nightmare temporarily at least by signing for Melbourne City, in a move which is unlikely to faze those Villans fans lining up at the bar too much at all.

Landlord’s verdict: It just hasn’t worked out for Ross McCormack at Aston Villa, who arrived in a £12 million deal back in 2016 amid much anticipation and expectation.

Just three goals in 24 appearances is not indicative of the quality the 31-year-old possesses, yet he stayed beyond the summer deadline and many wondered whether the forward would find a way back into Steve Bruce’s plans.

But with no Championship appearances so far this term, and just 66 minutes of action in the Carabao Cup, it’s evident how low down McCormack is in Bruce’s pecking order, which makes his imminent loan move all the more intriguing, as it could actually benefit Villa in the long run should the Scotsman fine some form.

Presently though, his move to Melbourne City looks to be in the best interests of all parties involved.

Villa fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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