Newcastle's Championship rivals bid £12m for Fulham's Ross McCormack

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Aston Villa have launched a bid for prolific Fulham striker Ross McCormack.

The Scotland international cost Fulham £11million when they signed him from Leeds in July 2014, and Villa are reportedly prepared to part with £12million to entice him away from Craven Cottage.

McCormack, linked with Newcastle United, has attracted attention from the relegated club – now bankrolled by Chinese owner Tony Xia and managed by Roberto Di Matteo – with his 21-goal for haul last term.

The 29-year-old scored 17 times in the Championship in his first season with Fulham, having been Leeds' top scorer in the 2013-14 campaign with 28 goals.

McCormack – who made his name in Scotland with Motherwell before joining Cardiff in 2008 – has already attracted interest from Norwich, who like Villa dropped out of the Premier League in May.

Di Matteo has already brought goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, defender Tommy Elphick and midfielder Aaron Tshibola to Villa Park, but is yet to sign a striker.

Newcastle open their Championship campaign on Friday night with a fixture against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

And losing McCormack would be a blow to Slavisa Jokanovic ahead of the fixture.