Turkish giants Fenerbahce are lining up a shock move for Aston Villa outcast Ross McCormack, reports The Daily Mail.
The 31-year-old moved to Villa Park only last summer following a two-year stint at Fulham, but has found things particularly tricky at the Midlands outfit, and doesn’t appear to have much of a future at the club.
The Scotland international made just 20 appearances for the Villans last term, bagging three goals in that time, before being shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest earlier this year, which was as clear an indication as any that his days are numbered at Aston Villa.
And the striker was linked with a move away throughout the summer transfer window, with Sunderland and former manager Simon Grayson reportedly close to agreeing a deal, yet the 11pm English deadline passed on Thursday and McCormack remained a Villa player.
However, recent reports suggest that Turkish giants Fenerbahce are considering a loan move for the 31-year-old, what with their window open until September 8, given the recent injury to former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie.
The club finished third in the Turkish Super Lig last term, thus securing them a place in this season’s third qualifying round of the Europa League, but they ended up a staggering 14 points adrift of champions Besiktas, and know that serious reinforcements are needed to bridge that gap this time round.
And they clearly feel that Villa outcast McCormack could do a job for them in van Persie’s absence, but whether the Turkish outfit can indeed get a deal done before Friday’s deadline very much remains to be seen.
The Verdict: It looked for all the world that Ross McCormack’s Aston Villa career would be coming to an end over the summer, only for the forward to remain a Villan beyond last week’s deadline.
Sunderland tried but ultimately came up short in their pursuit of the 31-year-old, yet his Villa nightmare may well be coming to an end this month after all, with Fenerbahce reportedly interested in his services.
A move abroad could be the fresh start the Scotland international needs after a year in the wilderness, in a move which is likely to benefit all parties involved.
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