Ross McCormack is the man you turn to when you want Championship goals. 21 league goals in the league last season, 17 the season prior, 28 before that and so on. In total, 119 Championship goals, and the striker is once again ‘in demand’ by a host of clubs vying for playoffs and promotion.
A £12m signing by Aston Villa last summer, the striker has largely failed to settle and has now been condemned to train with the U23 squad due to a fallout with manager Steve Bruce over a electric gate incident, that has now put many Championship rivals ‘on alert’ over his availability.
A stumbling block for some clubs interested in taking the proven goalscorer in January is that McCormack is still valued at £12m, and Villa are refusing to go any lower on their asking price. Interestingly, the favourites to sign him are currently Nottingham Forest, who have suddenly topped the betting chart on the final day of the transfer window with odds of 5/4 (2.25), on him making the relatively short journey to The City Ground in the East Midlands.
It would certainly be a huge surprise to see McCormack make the switch to a team seemingly stuck in the lower half of the table, considering other clubs of a higher standing have been linked, but there is obviously movement going on behind the scenes for Forest to get one over on their division rivals.
Norwich City are also pretty short at 5/1 (6.00), and fans are clamouring for a fresh injection to reignite the club's upward climb in the table, after what has been a disappointing league collpase in the recent few months.
Derby County who are also going strong since the return of Steve McClaren are right up there with the favourites. 7/1 (8.00) indicates they are yet to make real progress with the transfer, but with a squad very much in-form and a very realistic chance of gaining promotion, it might just be a move that’s too good to turn down for the 30-year old Scottish international. Fulham had previously been one of the leading candiates but they are now level with the Rams at 7/1 (8.00), so it may be a case of too little too late on deadline day.
The Birmingham Mail reported that QPR have made an official inquiry into McCormack’s availability, and were reasonably priced at 6/1 (7.00) to bring him back to London under manager Ian Holloway, however they have drifted on deadline day to 12/1 (13.0) and seemingly out of the running.
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