Report claims increased release clause for Ross McCormack, Aston Villa and Newcastle linked

Leeds' Ross McCormack

Aston Villa and Newcastle are reportedly keen on Fulham striker Ross McCormack.

Leeds' Ross McCormack

According to Get West London, the release clause in Fulham striker Ross McCormack's has increased from £12.5m to £15m as clubs battle for his signature.

McCormack, 29, has become one of the Football League's most dangerous strikers over the years, with 30 goals in 89 games for Cardiff City and 58 goals in 154 games for Leeds United, earning him a big move to Fulham in the summer of 2014.

Fulham's Ross McCormack dejected at full time

The Scot, who recently earned a recall to the Scottish national team, smashed 19 goals in his first season at Fulham before improving on that by finding the net 23 time this past season as Fulham scraped survival.

Now, with the transfer market set to open, McCormack appears to be a hot property - and clubs relegated from the Premier League are lining up for his signature.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

The Daily Mail recently reported that Aston Villa and Newcastle were both keen on McCormack to due to a £12.5m release clause in his contract, which whilst being a huge fee, would at least give them a proven Championship goalscorer as they pursue instant promotion.

However, Get West London report that McCormack when signed a new deal in February, it actually included a new release clause of £15m, increasing the old one by £2.5m.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

Fulham may choose to hold out for that £15m clause this summer, and whilst Aston Villa and Newcastle will both have money to spend, they may not be too keen on splashing so much money on a 29-year-old striker, no matter how many goals he's scored in recent years.

Would you want your team to pay £15m for McCormack?

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