Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack will reportedly receive a near £1m windfall should the Villans gain promotion this season, despite not playing for the club this campaign.

Sky Sports are reporting that te 31-year-old will see his £2.3m a year salary rocket to over £3m should his team-mates’ hard work earn Villa a place in the Premier League.

McCormack has spent the year in Australia with Melbourne City after falling out with manager Steve Bruce, scoring 14 goals in 17 appearances.

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The pair fell out after the striker claimed he couldn’t make it to training because the electric gates at his house would not open, which Bruce was clearly not impressed with.

McCormack, who has 13 Scotland caps, moved to Villa Park in a deal worth £12m two years ago and still has two years of his contract remaining.

It is uncertain where his future lies, with it looking unlikely that Bruce will bring him back into the fold, but his substantial wages are likely to provide a stumbling block to any move.

Going into the final round of fixtures this Sunday, Villa are certain of fourth place and could face either Middlesbrough or Derby County in the playoffs.

The Villans will be hoping they can make it to the final and bounce back to the Premier League after a two-year absence.