Report: Aston Villa resurrect bid to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair

Aston Villa have reportedly rekindled their interest in signing Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair.

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa have resurrected their bid to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair before the transfer deadline on Monday.

Sinclair, 25, joined City from Swansea City back in 2012, but has played just 18 games for the club, losing out to the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and James Milner in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

A loan spell with West Bromwich Albion last season failed to reap any rewards for Sinclair, but he could yet return to the Midlands for a third time, having also had a loan spell with Birmingham City earlier in his career.

The Telegraph are today reporting that Aston Villa have rekindled their interest in Sinclair, just days after manager Paul Lambert said a deal to bring the former Chelsea winger to Villa Park was 'dead'.

With just 11 goals scored in 22 Premier League games this season, it's clear that Villa need an injection of quality in the final third.

Recent signing Carles Gil showed what he can do with a stunning goal against Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Sunday, but Lambert can't afford to stop there.

The ex-Norwich boss is under increasing pressure at Villa, and adding Sinclair - who scored 35 goals in 90 games for Swansea - could provide him with an attacking spark.

The Telegraph report that City want a fee of £3.5m for Sinclair, but that asking price is putting Villa off a permanent deal for the former England Under-21 international.

However, a loan deal is still in Villa's interests, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer - which may be best for all parties.

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