Middlesbrough and Derby County are thought to be preparing bids for Fulham striker Ross McCormack, as the Scottish international looks set to leave Craven Cottage.

McCormack, 29, has been in excellent form for his current club Fulham and has so far scored 13 goals in this campaign alone. The former Leeds man has also created 6 assists for the Lilywhites, meaning he has been directly involved in just under half of their goals this season.

It is rumoured that clubs such as Derby County and Middlesbrough may be tempting the 29 year old away from West London, with the prospect of Premier League football next season being the crucial factor. However, reports from London have said McCormack is not interested in Middlesbrough and may consider offers from current Premier League clubs such as Bournemouth and Aston Villa.

Fulham fell to yet another league defeat earlier on Saturday afternoon, after being convincingly beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday. Had it not been for Fulham shot-stopper Andy Lonergan, the scoreline could have been much more embarrassing.

With Fulham failing to kick-start 2016 with a win under new boss Slavisa Jokanovic, and the Cottagers falling to 19th in the table, McCormack must be beginning to question his stay at the club. Having been hit with a transfer embargo, it is even more likely the Cottagers will have to sell some of their players in order to generate money.

With McCormack possibly on his way out, and Moussa Dembele also heading for the exit, the Whites are having a nightmare season so far. If both of these players were to leave, it would surely be a case of trying to avoid relegation rather than looking up at the playoffs.

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