Transfer Update: McCormack Signing Confirmed but concern as Jordan Ayew links intensify.

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As featured on The Villa Underground yesterday, Ross McCormack has now successfully completed a £12 million pound move to Villa from Fulham.

The Scottish striker joins on a four year deal for a fee potentially rising to £14 million with add-ons.

McCormack joins Villa ahead of the season opener at Sheffield Wednesday this Sunday and brings a much needed pedigree for both goals and assists.

Jordan Ayew’s future remains increasingly uncertain despite owner Tony Xia’s tweet on 22nd July assuring fans that the Ghanaian is going nowhere;

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The transfer window merry-go-round and impact of player power could yet be a factor, as earlier reports of Nice’s interest circulated & were followed by repeated whispers of West Ham’s enquiries.

There are now renewed reports that Slaven Bilic’s West Ham are working to bolster their strike force as they move into the Olympic Stadium and look to make strides into domestic footballs elite.

Intriguingly, after statements from Roberto Di Matteo that Villa aren’t a selling club and Tony Xia’s risky tweet stating Ayew is staying, there are a host of clubs tabling bids in the region of £8 million pounds.

Ayew, an occasional bright spot in Villa’s relegation season, appears to not have a release clause in his contract or potential suitors (including Hamburg, Bordeaux & Galatasaray) value him much lower.

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It remains to be seen whether the club may take a view on the striker, especially if he is discontent at Villa Park and following the signing of Ross McCormack.

Keeping an individual who wants away would be poisonous to a promotion challenge and a dressing room, although there is no suggestion (other than Ayew’s dubious body language against Middlesbrough) that this is the case.

Watch this space.

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