Report: Simon Grayson desperate to sign Ross McCormack for Sunderland, may get his wish

Ross McCormack of Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Sunderland are hoping to have Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack in their line-up to face Derby County on Friday.

According to a report on TeamTalk, Sunderland could sign Ross McCormack in time to play against Derby County on Friday evening.

Sunderland are extremely close to agreeing a loan deal with Aston Villa for the experienced forward.

The Black Cats open their season in just over 48 hours time, and there is a hope that McCormack could be in Sunderland’s squad for the contest.

Ross McCormack of Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Simon Grayson is said to be ‘desperate’ to land McCormack, as he feels the striker could lead the line well at the Stadium of Light over the season ahead.

Grayson and McCormack worked together at Leeds United earlier in their respective careers, and the pair have a good relationship.

McCormack has endured a difficult time since signing for Villa, and will be looking to find his goalscoring form again at Sunderland.

If McCormack does move to Grayson’s side, he will be in competition with the likes of James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban for a first-team place.

Ross McCormack of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town at Villa Park on August 16, 2016 in...

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