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Aston Villa start contract talks with Fulham's Ross McCormack

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Have Villa stolen McCormack from under Norwich's noses?

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Aston Villa's hunt for a striker might be drawing to a close, as Fulham have accepted a £12m bid from the Claret and Blues for Ross McCormack.

The 29 year old was previously on Villa's radar earlier this summer and despite continued interest from Norwich City, Roberto Di Matteo and Villa are the highest bidders.

The news was confirmed in a brief statement made on Fulham FC's website. It read:

"The Club can confirm that a bid has been accepted from Aston Villa for Ross McCormack.

Further details will be announced in due course."

It has even been picked up by the BBC, who earlier this summer confused us all by reporting that Villa had no interest in Ross McCormack at all. Either they were wrong, or Roberto Di Matteo has had a change of heart, but either way, Aston Villa's frontline stands to benefit in attaining a striker with a proven goal scoring record in the division.

The next day or two will see McCormack enter contract talks with Villa, and hopefully his medical and unveiling can take place before the end of the week, in time for Villa's first game against Sheffield Wednesday this Sunday. Of course, there could still be time for another rival to attempt to hijack the move, but as it stands, Ross is seemingly on his way.