Ex-Birmingham loanee could join Aston Villa on loan, Lambert seeks attacking spark

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Aston Villa have reportedly targeted a move for Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair.

With just 11 goals in 20 Premier League games this season, Aston Villa are the lowest goalscorers in the top flight this season, and manager Paul Lambert must look for reinforcements in January.

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann are the club's top goalscorers this season with three goals apiece, whilst the return of Christian Benteke has done little to impact the attacking impetus for Villa.

Lambert has already been linked with moves to sign Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo and AC Milan's Giampaolo Pazzini, but now a new name has been thrown into the mix in Manchester City's Scott Sinclair.

The former Chelsea youngster led a nomadic life in his early years at Stamford Bridge, signing loan deals with six clubs; Plymouth Argyle, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Wigan Athletic and even Villa's city rivals Birmingham.

Yet in 2010, Sinclair departed Chelsea for good, joining Swansea City in a deal worth up to £1m, and he became one of the most exciting wingers in England scoring 27 goals in his first season before impressing with the Swans upon their promotion to the Premier League.

Recent years haven't been kind to Sinclair though. The 25-year-old joined Manchester City in 2012, but has played just 18 games for the club - and now he really must get out and play football after a failed loan move to West Brom last season.

That has led to interest from Aston Villa, according to the Daily Mail, with Lambert interested in a loan deal for the pacey wide man.

Lambert regularly uses two players behind Benteke, and they regularly roam wide and support the attack - something Sinclair did for Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.

A loan move until the end of the season could be ideal for Sinclair and for City, who will surely get plenty of playing time in a side that just can't score goals.

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