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Aston Villa smash Championship transfer record by signing Fulham star


 
 Football News 24/ 
 
Aston Villa have signed Scotland striker Ross McCormack for £12m from Championship rivals Fulham.

The 29-year-old, previously linked with a move to Norwich City, has agreed a four-year contract after Villa had a bid accepted on Wednesday.

McCormack, who has never played in the Premier League, joined Fulham in 2014 from Leeds United for a reported £11m.

He went on to score 38 league goals in 89 appearances for the Whites, and has also been capped 13 times by Scotland.

Villa say the deal equals the second-highest fee the club has paid in their history - matching the sum invested to bring Stewart Downing from Middle­sbrough in 2009.

The £18m paid to Sunderland in January 2011 for former England striker Darren Bent remains the club record.

"He is a player whose goalscoring record has been excellent everywhere he has been and we feel he can be an important addition," said manager Roberto di Matteo.

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