According to a report published by The Scottish Sun, Aston Villa are in talks with Scottish club Motherwell over a potential deal for striker Ross McCormack.

The veteran Scottish centre forward spent the first half of the season on loan with Australian club Central Coast Mariners but has since returned to Villa Park in order to receive treatment on a knee injury.

The report suggests McCormack is not happy with life in the A-League and will cut short his loan spell this month to return to Villa.

The 32-year-old was also spotted in the crowd during Motherwell’s victory over Hamilton on Saturday and this only added to speculation that he will rejoin the club whom he departed from in 2008 in order to join Cardiff City.

McCormack joined Villa in 2016 after they were relegated from the Premier League and was expected to be a star as an established Championship professional.

However, the Scotland international failed to shine for the Villans and went on to score just three times from 20 Championship appearances.

Whether McCormack joins Motherwell or not could ultimately come down to whether he is willing to reduce his salary demands. He is currently earning wages of £40,000 at Villa Park and will likely have to be willing to significantly reduce this if he wants to move to Motherwell.

Villa rely on loan star Tammy Abraham as their first-choice striking option, while the Midlands outfit also have the likes of Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan to call upon.

McCormack has been out of favour with a number of successive Villa manager and as such it looks like a return to his homeland could be the best option of regular first-team football.

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