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McCormack makes move for Fulham in reported £11m fee

Championship third-favourites Fulham (10/1) have announced the signing of Scotland international Ross McCormack from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £11m. He has penned an initial four-year contract.

Manager Felix Magath has moved fast this transfer window so far, bringing in Tim Hoogland, Adam Taggart, Kay Voser and Shaun Hutchinson as he prepares for life with his side in the Championship, following their relegation from the top-flight.

Fulham, 3/1 for promotion, confirmed on their official website: “Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Ross McCormack from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

“The Scotland international has penned a four-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months, potentially keeping him at the club until the summer of 2019.”

McCormack’s former club Cardiff City, who will also play in the Championship this coming season (7/1 title favourites), are set to receive 15 per cent of the transfer paid by the Cottagers, due to a sell-on clause.

The move comes after the Scotsman, who was captain at Leeds, handed in a transfer request. He was the top-scorer in the England’s second-tier last term with 28 goals, and has gained 11 caps for his country. Coral offer specials for McCormack at 7/1 to be Championship leading marksman in 2014/15, and 11/4 to net over 20 again.

A delighted Magath said on the transfer: “I’m very happy with the signing of Ross McCormack who will be an important player for our squad. Ross was not only the top scorer in the Championship last season, but also made a lot of assists, so has a proven pedigree at this level which can only be an asset to us.

“I’m glad for our fans that we’ve signed an experienced and exciting player, a Scotland international, with a great attitude and presence who can be a leader that our young and ambitious squad can learn from.

“There was a lot of interest in him over the summer months so securing his signature is good for Fulham, and I again thank our chairman for his investment and commitment.”

Leeds, who will start this season under new owner Massimo Cellino and head coach Dave Hockaday, are down at 10/1 for promotion, and 3/1 joint-fourth favourites to go down. McCormack is a 6/1 chance with Coral to score in both Championship games against his former Yorkshire side.