Fulham striker Ross McCormack has said it his ambition to play in the English Premier League, so that could make it difficult for Rafa Benitez to sign the 29 year-old Scottish striker this summer, a striker we have been linked with over the last couple of weeks.
There are two major areas of the team that new manager has to fix for next season – one is up front where we have difficulty scoring goals and the other is in defense, particularly in central defense, where we have difficulty stopping the goals.
Ross McCormack – Fulham striker
Ross is a prolific goalscorer and in the two years he’s been at Fulham since leaving Leeds United, he’s scored 42 goals and has 22 assists in 100 games for the Craven Cottage club, who only just survived relegation last season.
This is what McCormack has told The Scottish Sun.
“I want to be playing in the Premiership,” “I never, ever think to myself I should be playing in the Premiership because there are so many good players playing there.”
“You’re a little bit envious because they’re playing against the best players in the world and I’m a tier below them.”
“It’s been something in my mind as the years have gone by. I will be 30 in August so time’s running out.”
“I don’t know if I’ll ever get that opportunity but it’s something that I’d love to do.”
That may come as bad news for Newcastle, because Ross will not want to waste a season down in the Championship with Newcastle before he can start playing in the Premier League.
From those comments it seems like Ross would rather move immediately to a Premier League club this summer.
Ross is said to have a £12M release clause in his contract and given all the big money the PL clubs will be getting in the upcoming financial year – £12M is not a lot to pay for a good goalscorer.
Each PL club will get anything from £100M to £180M next May as part of the new £5.1B TV rights deal the Premier League has negotiated.
The current deal that ends at the end of June had PL clubs receiving from £60M to £100M from the TV rights deal of the last three years.
Newcastle will get £2.5M from the Championship next May but we are also due a parachute payment in the first year of about £36M.