Report: Aston Villa target ambitious move for Ross McCormack; signal of intent?

Ross McCormack warming up for Leeds United

Aston Villa reportedly want to sign Fulham striker Ross McCormack.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa want to bring in Fulham striker Ross McCormack to lead the club's push for promotion next season.

Villa's relegation has long been confirmed, but Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Watford was another disappointing afternoon given that they led 1-0 and then 2-1 late into the game.

With just two more games for Villa to play, this miserable season is almost over - and a summer of change is on the horizon at Villa Park.

A new manager will be arriving given that Remi Garde left the club in March, and players will of course be coming and going over the course of the summer transfer window, with one huge transfer target allegedly in mind.

The Daily Mail report that Villa have set their sights on Fulham goal machine Ross McCormack, and want the Scot to lead their promotion push next season.

McCormack, 29, made his name with Cardiff City, hitting 30 goals in 89 games for the Bluebirds, before another 58 goals in 154 appearances for Leeds United earned him a big-money move to Fulham in the summer of 2014.

19 goals last term and another 23 this term have established McCormack as one of the Championship's top strikers, but given Fulham's struggles at the wrong end of the table, he could look to leave Craven Cottage this summer.

Now, Villa are believed to be keen on luring him to Villa Park to spearhead their attack, but face competition from Bournemouth, Derby County and Middlesbrough, meaning Villa may have to get their chequebook out to land McCormack, in what would be a huge signal of intent.

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