Derby County manager Gary Rowett has denied claims that he is interested in acquiring the services of Aston Villa outcast Ross McCormack.
Ross McCormack’s signing for £12million last summer has proven to be an unmitigated disaster for Aston Villa and the Midlands side are clearly looking to cut their losses on the striker by allowing him to leave this summer.
As a clear indication of McCormack being surplus to requirements, Villa boss Steve Bruce recently omitted the 30-year-old from the club’s pre-season tour of Germany and the ex-Fulham man is more than welcome to leave Villa Park at the moment.
A number of Championship clubs are interested in signing McCormack this summer despite his struggles at Villa and reports had claimed that Derby County were keen on acquiring the prolific attacker, especially after losing Thomas Ince to Huddersfield Town.
To quash such rumors though, Derby manager Gary Rowett has gone on to claim that he is not at all interested in signing McCormack and is instead looking at other options.
The 43-year-old told the Derby Telegraph, “Ross is not one on our list at the moment. I think you get those scenarios now where if there is interest in a player, then agents and teams want to stoke that interest up a little bit to create a little bit of a market and some competition.
“I think Ross is a fantastic player when you get him on form. He scores goals, as we saw at Fulham a couple of seasons ago, but at the moment, he’s not imminently a target for us.”