Aston Villa secure Manchester City misift Scott Sinclair on loan
Aston Villa, 12/5 with Coral to be relegated, have completed the capture of Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan deal.
The 25-year-old is pleased with his move after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms ahead of a switch to Villa Park, joining until the end of the current campaign with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
“It feels great to be here and the deal is finally done,” Sinclair told the club’s website. “It’s taken a few weeks but I’m happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football.”
“I spoke to the manager, Paul Lambert, and he gave me his views on what he wants from me here at Villa. I am still hungry to play football, that’s what I told him”
Sinclair’s parent club City were happy to offload their wideman for good, but a reported asking price of around £3.5m proved to be a stumbling block with Villa instead agreeing a loan spell until the end of the current campaign.
“I believe I have my best years ahead of me. This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there,” he continued.
The former Swansea star made only 12 starts and 19 appearances in total during a stuttering stint at City since his switch from Wales, playing just four games this season with a total of 25 minutes on the pitch. He spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, featuring 11 times for the Baggies, but failed to make an impact at The Hawthorns.
Former Chelsea trainee Sinclair is Paul Lambert’s second signing of the January transfer window, following the £3.25m capture of Carles Gil from Valencia earlier this month.
The Villans are in desperate need of goals, having netted just 11 times in the Premier League this season, but Sinclair’s signing could bring more creativity to Lambert’s lacklustre outfit.
Sinclair has saw his career come to a halt at the Etihad, having previously shown superb promise as a Swans attacker, hitting a brilliant hat-trick against Reading in the 2011 Championship play-off final to secure Swansea’s promotion to the top-flight.
Villa will hope their new man can rediscover the form which made him a potent Premier League prospect as they aim to steer clear of relegation this season.
The West Midlands club are odds-on 3/10 to stay up and have gone seven domestic league games without a win, stretching back to the beginning of December when they toppled Leicester City at Villa Park.