The Baggies have offered a loan deal but City are said to prefer a permanent move – and Southampton are willing to pay £5m.
Manchester City outcast Scott Sinclair is set to leave his troubled time at Eastlands behind him, as Southampton are willing to pay £5m for his services.
The Mirror claim that whilst a loan deal may have been all but agreed with West Bromwich Albion, City were looking for a permanent move for the winger. The Baggies were thought to be reluctant to offer a permanent transfer, leaving Southampton to swoop in for the British Olympian.
Given the recent breaking news that wide-man Jason Puncheon has left Southampton for Crystal Palace until the end of the season, a Sinclair move to St. Mary’s would make perfect sense.
Sinclair dazzled in Swansea’s first season in the Premier League in 2011-12, earning a move to newly-crowned champions Manchester City. However, Sinclair found himself drastically under-utilised last season, only making 11 league appearances and failing to score a single goal.
Now at 24 years of age, Sinclair will need to prioritise regular first team football if he hopes to continue progressing as the incredibly promising footballer he once looked to be.
For Southampton, Sinclair would be the latest in a club record spending spree which has seen players linked with Champions League-calibre clubs. First Dejan Lovren joined from Olympique Lyonnais for £8.5m followed by Celtic’s Victor Wanyama for £15.5m, a club record fee.
Most recently the club proceeded to break it’s record transfer fee for the second time within a month as Pablo Daniel Osvaldo joined from cash-strapped AS Roma for £12.8m. Fans will no doubt be salivating in anticipation at the thought of the pacy Sinclair lining up alongside him and England international Rickie Lambert.