Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 30, 2015
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a loan deal for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move.
Sinclair, 25, joined City from Swansea in August 2012 for £6.2 million, but has made just three starts in 19 total appearances for the Premier League champions since.
The former England Under-21 international had seen 29 minutes of action in four games this season prior to his Villa switch, and spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking to Villa's official website, Sinclair said: “It feels great to be here and that the deal is finally done.
“It’s taken a few weeks but I’m happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football. It’s nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward.
“I spoke to the manager, Paul Lambert, and he gave me his views on what he wants from me here at Villa. I am still hungry to play football, that’s what I told him, and I’m looking forwarding to getting started, hopefully playing every week and enjoying my football.
“I believe I have my best years ahead of me. This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there.”
Villa manager Paul Lambert had originally scuppered talks of signing Sinclair after negotiations stalled over the reported £3.5 million valuation, but the deal was revived in the form of a loan this week with the club desperate to add attacking reinforcements ahead of the close of the transfer window.
The ex-Chelsea product now becomes the club's second signing this month, following the £3.25 million capture of Carles Gil from Valencia, and Lambert revealed his delight at finally getting his man on board.
"I knew a lot about Scott from his time at Swansea, where he was excellent at Championship level and then was outstanding in their first season in the Premier League," the Scot said.
"He got a great move to Manchester City, where it didn't work out as well as he probably would have wanted, but it's up to us now to get the best out of him.
"He's got great ability and I'm looking forward to working with him. His goal record for a winger while he was at Swansea was excellent so he can add goals to the side, and he's got great pace as everyone knows about.
"I think he'll add something to the side and I'm delighted we've managed to get him here."