Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion in talks over Sinclair

Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion are locked in talks to agree a deal that would see Scott Sinclair move to the Hawthorns.

WBA manager Steve Clarke is keen to bring the former Chelsea trainee to the Midlands and is hoping that he can agree a deal that would the 24 year old initially move on loan with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

The former Liverpool assistant manager has admitted that he is keen to bring in the winger saying “We’ve made an enquiry to Manchester City. There are discussions between the two clubs, but beyond that there is nothing to report. It would be nice to think we can get one in before Saturday. If we can get two in, it would be great. If I can get three, I would be delighted.”

While City would prefer to offload the player on a permanent basis it would appear they are now warming to the Baggies offer which would include a loan fee of £2 million with a further £4 million to be paid next summer with the majority of the players £45,000 a week wage also being picked up by City.

Sinclair, is also interesting Everton and Spanish side Valencia, is not expected to feature much in the coming season under Manuel Pellegrini’s and wants to move on in search of regular first team football.

The former Swansea star struggled last season making just 12 Premier League appearances, of which only two were starts.

The former England U21 player was on the brink of the England set up after an impressive debut season in the Premier League but despite featuring for team GB at the London Olympics Sinclair is not on Roy Hodgson’s radar and needs a strong season if he is to force his way into the England set up.

Sinclair is one of a number of players that Clarke is chasing but with the club so far failing to land their top targets the West Brom boss has admitted to feeling frustrated adding “I know we have until September 2, but at the moment I’m a bit anxious. However. I’m not panicking yet. By and large the targets we’ve identified we haven’t been able to persuade to come so far. Some of them have maybe been too expensive.”

Clarke frustrations should be eased so what this week with reports claiming that the player could sign before the start of the season.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.