Dean Smith confirms Ross McCormack is 'close' to leaving Aston Villa

Dean Smith manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on December 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has spoken about striker Ross McCormack and his future at the club.

Ross McCormack of Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at the Villa Park on September 19, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Dean Smith has confirmed that 'there could be a deal close' for striker Ross McCormack to leave Aston Villa during the January transfer window.

Smith, who will be preparing for Villa's FA Cup third round tie against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, spoke about the Villa outcast prior to the weekend game.

Former Scotland international McCormack moved to Villa Park during the summer of 2016 following the club's relegation to the second tier of English football. 

 

Smith admitted that McCormack, who has not played for the club in nearly two years, is nearing an exit which could see him move out on loan to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, as reported by the Express & Star. 

"I believe there could be another loan in order (for Ross)," said Smith, as quoted by the Express & Star. "I have not spoken to him. I have not actually met him yet. Richard O’Kelly has three or four players on loan he keeps in touch with. JT has the others.

“They keep me updated with what is happening with them. I’m led to believe there could be a deal close."

Ross McCormack of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between Walsall and Aston Villa at Banks' Stadium on July 18, 2017 in Walsall, England.

During his time at Villa Park, McCormack only scored three goals for the club as the Roberto Di Matteo signing struggled to make a name for himself in the Midlands. 

Despite his troubles at Villa, the Glasgow-born player's record in the second tier of English football is pretty strong - he has played 333 games, scoring 120 goals for the likes of Fulham and Leeds.

For Smith, the former Brentford boss will be turning his attention to cup action as his side struggle to find consistency in their race for promotion. 

Swansea will visit Villa Park for the second time this season - they suffered a 1-0 defeat in October in Smith's first game in charge following Steve Bruce's sacking. 

John McGinn of Aston Villa in action during a training session  at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 03, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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