Southampton could steal Sinclair as Man City hold out for permanent arrangements

Over the summer, it has become quite clear that Scott Sinclair doesn’t have a future at Manchester City after struggling to breakthrough into the first team last season.

It had been thought that West Brom were going to sign the winger on a loan deal last week after the clubs agreed initial terms for a season long loan.

But the move has stalled significantly as the 2012 Premier League Champions push for West Brom to commit to a permanent transfer amount should everything go well over the next few months.

These delays could allow Southampton to steal in and sign Sinclair as the club look for a replacement for midfielder Jason Puncheon.

Having loaned Puncheon out to Crystal Palace earlier this month, The Saints boss is ready to launch a £5m bid for Sinclair in the next few days.

It certainly is a late bid from a club who are determined to add to their midfield which has been boosted by signing the likes of Victor Wanyama already during the off season.

But The Saints are lacking in a bit of depth on the wings after the decision to let Puncheon go was made by boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentinean had initially kept Puncheon as part of the first team line-up but later left him out of the squad opening a possible transfer opportunity for other clubs.

By completing the loan spell, Puncheon will be united with The Eagles boss Ian Holloway who previously worked with the midfielder at both Plymouth and Blackpool.

However, Sinclair’s quest to secure first team football is stumbling somewhat as he looks for a way to leave Man City.

Having impressed and posed a regular threat to defenders whilst at Swansea, Sinclair had hoped a move to Man City would help him to show off at one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Instead, he was relegated to the bench for most of the season and only made 2 appearances for The Citizens in The Premier League last season.

But a slot in the first team might be more likely should the Englishman complete a deal to a mid-table side such as Southampton or West Brom.

Sinclair will hope that a deal will be finalised in the coming days so that the winger can try and get his Premier League career back on track as quick as possible.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!