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Sunderland should be able to land Ross McCormack once they have done their loan arranging

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Sunderland should be able to land Ross McCormack once they have done their loan arranging

Post  Silvers on 2017-08-31, 3:46 pm

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Loaning out Wahbi Khazri and Papy Djilobodji should allow Sunderland to break the stand-off with Aston Villa and sign Ross McCormack


Sunderland are hopeful of completing a loan move for [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .
The two sides have been at an impasse all month over the terms of a deal for the 31-year-old striker but there appears to be a will on all sides for the deal to happen, so there should be a way.

In essence it boils down to the fact that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] want to sell a player Steve Bruce quickly lost patience with, but the Black Cats cannot afford to buy.
But Villa find themselves in the position the Wearsiders did over the likes of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , Fabio Borini and Jeremain Lens. They wanted to sell but with no one willing to buy, decided to cut their losses.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] felt they had to get the trio off their wage bill with huge debts hanging over their head. This summer they have set about eating into the £110.4m debt they reported in their annual accounts in the spring, despite the huge drop in revenue that comes with relegation.
Villa have been able to spend more freely since they dropped out of the Premier League last year, but they are conscious they need to comply with the Football League’s financial fair play rules. Once Robert Snodgrass – a Sunderland target – joined on loan from Hull City – the need to move on McCormack, who has only played 17 minutes of football for Villa since mid-January, in the League Cup.
Sunderland and Villa have been haggling over how much of McCormack’s wages each would pay if he came on loan.
As the Black Cats have been unable to sell a player since Vito Mannone joined Reading on July 19, scraping together the money to push through a deal has been difficult.
The best they have been able to manage in August has been to line up loan moves for Khazri and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - the latter joining Dijon today - as well as sending out youngsters Max Stryjek and Michael Ledger.
Even Ledger’s move to Hartlepool United – which takes him until the end of his Stadium of Light contract – was not straightforward, with the clubs negotiating for a long time over who would pay what.
With money to spend from the £15m sale of Chris Wood to Burnley, Leeds United were potential rivals for McCormack’s signature, but they have gone instead for Swedish Under-21 international Pawel Cibicki.
The final afternoon of transfer trading in 2017 began with Khazri and Djilobodji’s loans to Ligue 1 still to be rubber-stamped, but once they are Sunderland can set about spending the money saved in wages. However, they will also want another defender in to replace Djilobodji, with Marc Wilson their top target.
Goals are important too, though, as Sunderland are in the bottom half of the Championship for goals scored this season, with five. James Vaughan, the only striker they have bought this term, is set to score a goal since last season – not even in the warm-up games.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] search for a new striker is not a knee-jerk reaction to that as he identified the need for one more up front even before the season started.
McCormack scored only four times last season, but he was prolific for Grayson at Leeds United, and at Fulham, scoring 116 league goals between leaving Motherwell for England in 2008 and moving to Villa last season.
Grayson places a big premium on players he knows well and vice-versa, and he will be confident he can rekindle the goalscoring instinct which seemed to desert McCormack in 2016-17.
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