Manchester City man close to Aston Villa move – report

According to the reliable Gianluca Dimarzio, Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair is closing in on a move to Aston Villa.

Of course, one has to wonder how an Italian has a breaking news story about two English clubs, but Dimarzio’s reputation with rumours in the past stands above many in the game so it is perhaps worth paying a little attention to this rumour – until you realise that it started in the Daily Mail at which point you would be right to have a little doubt or two.

Dimarzio claims that the 25-year-old, who signed for City in 2012 has made just 14 appearances for the league champions and has seen his career stall badly, is in advanced negotiations with Villa with the move possibly set to be finalised in the next few days.

Speaking back in November, manager Manuel Pellegrini said of Sinclair

“Scott knows perfectly what his place is in the squad.

“He must work every day and the moment I think he is better than the players we have, he will have a chance. All the players have a chance to change the mind of the manager. That just depends on the way I see him or anyone works in the week.

“Maybe he had the chance also to go on loan at the beginning of the season. He decided to stay here. I don’t have any problem.”

Those quotes came just two days after Sinclair himself said

“It’s been very frustrating. For the last couple of years I have kept my head and tried to do as well as I can in training, and hopefully get the chance.

“Bur at this moment in time it’s hard for me to get a game. But all I can do is maybe re-evaluate in January and go from there, really.

“I hear loads of speculation but at the moment nothing is concrete.”

Although appearing in the Mail, it’s hard not to think there’s a massive dollop of truth to this rumour and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Sinclair finally opt to join a ‘smaller’ club in a bid to start actually playing the football he’s paid to play.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.