City in talks to extend McCormack loan

17 January 2018 07:53:46 EST

Melbourne City are hoping to extend the loan of leading goalscorer Ross McCormack from Aston Villa.

The Scotland international has been a big hit with Warren Joyce's side after being brought in as an injury replacement player.

Now City are in negotiations with Villa to keep him for longer, as they look to pair him up front with Uruguayan Bruno Fornaroli.

McCormack was brought in days before the start of the A-League season after Fornaroli, who had scored 40 goals across the previous two campaigns, suffered a long-term ankle injury.

The gamble paid off, and he's become the fastest player in A-League history to race to the 13-goal mark, from just 15 games.

Fornaroli will be fit again soon, and Joyce is keen to play the pair together up front in pursuit of a top-two finish and Asian Champions League qualification.

But McCormack, 31, has put himself back on the radar of Villa coach Steve Bruce who might want to cash in on him during the January transfer window.

City are in talks to extend the striker's loan beyond 26th January, and a club insider said McCormack wanted to stay.

"It's working out very well for him here and it's probably in everybody's interests to keep it going. But things are literally changing by the day," the insider added.

McCormack could be accommodated in a visa spot, with City having released Marcelo Carrusca last week.

Meanwhile, the club are intent on keeping 19-year-old Daniel Arzani at the club in the face of interest from A-League rivals.

Arzani has been linked with Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, but City officials believe he will dig in and continue to develop under Joyce.

City are 6/5 to win their next game against Adelaide, who are 11/5 with the draw 12/5.

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