ROSS McCORMACK is poised to join Melbourne City – because no-one else wanted him.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce revealed he was unable to offload the Scotland striker who cost ex-gaffer Roberto Di Matteo £12million from Fulham just over a year ago.

The 31-year-old former Rangers and Motherwell frontman scored only three goals in 20 appearances before being shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest last season.

McCormack was expected to join top-flight drop-outs Sunderland on a short-term deal during the summer, but Bruce insisted that a transfer was never close to being completed.

He said: “Nobody came in for him. Sunderland played at it, but it didn’t come through. Unfortunately, that’s where we were left.

“I was a bit shocked by it, but that’s the brutal reality of it. Nobody came for him, unless I missed them!”

McCormack is likely to agree a season-long loan contract with the Aussie A-League outfit this week.


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