Aston Villa latest: Sinclair deal dead, magic Gil, starlet signs

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Sinclair deal dead

Paul Lambert has conceded that a deal to bring Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair to Aston Villa is dead.

The Birmingham Mail reported last week that the Premier League champions had slapped a £3 million asking price on Sinclair, who has made just four appearances this season for a total of 29 minutes, but Villa were unwilling to go above half that fee.

Talks have broken down as a result, with Lambert telling Sky Sports: "That’s dead - it's not going to go anywhere. We just couldn’t really do it.”

In fact, Lambert has even suggested that Villa’s transfer business for this window is now done after bringing in Spanish midfielder Carles Gil last week.

“Will there be any more coming in? The way it’s looking at the moment, no.”

Magic Gil

Lambert appears more than pleased with the addition of Gil, though, and believes the creative attacker can help turn around the club’s recent poor run of form.

Arriving from Valencia for £3 million, the former Spain Under-21 international made his debut as a second-half substitute in last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool, and his new boss was delighted with his performance.

"To an extent it was a magic performance," he told the club’s official website. "Carles gives us something we don't have but to come on and play the way he did in a game of that magnitude lifted the whole stadium and it was great.

"He is an excellent footballer, has a low centre of gravity and has an excellent touch, a typical Spanish type of player.

"Technically he's first class and he has only been here a few days so there'll be a lot more to come from him.”

Suliman signs

Villa might not be bringing in any news faces over the coming week, but the club have secured the long-term future of one of their top youngsters in Easah Suliman.

Suliman, 16, has been with Villa since the age of eight, and signed scholarship forms with the club last summer.

A versatile defender, the Hall Green-native has captained England at Under-17 level, and his enormous potential has attracted interest from the likes Bayern Munich and Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.

Rival interest has been fended off for now, however, with the claret and blue prospect signing a two-year professional contract ahead of his 17th birthday next week.

“We're delighted that Easah has signed his first professional contract with the club,” academy director Sean Kimberley told the club’s official website.

"Easah has been at the club through his foundation years at junior school and he's a Birmingham lad who's come through the local recruitment process.

"Having fought off competition from home and abroad for his signature, everyone here at Villa will help him get the most out of his abilities and we're excited to work with him in the coming years."

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