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Aston Villa signs McCormack

Aston Villa has completed a move for Fulham striker Ross McCormack for a £12 million transfer fee. The Scotland international has signed a four-year contract.

Villa area gearing up as they are set to try and bounce back straight to the Premier League after the embarrassing campaign last season that saw them crash out of the English top flight after a mere 17 points. McCormack leaves Fulham after two seasons, where he scored 38 league goals in 89 appearances. The 29-year-old has been capped 13 times for Scotland, scoring twice.

Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo believes that McCormack is the perfect type of player for the side as they try to get back into the top flight.

“I’m delighted to bring Ross on board,” Di Matteo told Villa’s official website. “He’s a player with proven track record and plenty of experience in the division.

“He is a player whose goalscoring record has been excellent everywhere he has been and we feel he can be an important addition.”

McCormack has spent eight seasons in the Championship with Cardiff City, Leeds United and Fulham. His career-high of 28 league goals was set back in 2013/2014 during his last season at Leeds. The £12 million transfer fee equals the second-highest fee ever paid by the club (Darren Bent is the most expensive signing in club history, costing an initial £18 million). McCormack’s fee could rise to £14 million.

Villa kicks off the Championship campaign on Sunday against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

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