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BIG-MONEY BOOT FOR £12m ROSS

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FORGOTTEN man Ross McCormack is negotiating a bumper pay-off deal with Aston Villa.

Boss Steve Bruce wants to boot out the 31-year-old former Scotland international striker who hasn’t figured since a bust-up between the pair two years ago.

The ex-Rangers and Motherwell frontman is picking up wages of around £2million per year and his contract does not expire until June 2020.

McCormack cost former manager Robert Di Matteo £12million when he signed from Fulham in August 2016.

He has scored only three goals in 24 appearances for the Midlands outfit and has had loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Melbourne City.

In February last year, he scored on his debut for the City Ground outfit in the 5-1 loss at Norwich City, but dropped out the following month after making himself unavailable because of “personal issues”.

His time at Villa is up and gaffer Bruce has asked the new owners to come to a financial agreement with the player to get him off the wage bill.

McCormack, who has also played for Doncaster, Cardiff City and Leeds, has made 13 appearances for Scotland and netted two goals.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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