Three Aston Villa players Celtic should target instead of Scott Sinclair

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Newcastle's Papiss Demba Cisse

Celtic are determined to sign Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa, but should they focus elsewhere?

Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair in action as Watford's Juan Carlos Paredes looks onAston Villa's Scott Sinclair in action as Watford's Juan Carlos Paredes looks on

Celtic are determined to sign Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa, with the Daily Record reporting they are lining up a fifth offer for the forward.

Celtic are willing to pay £3 million for the attacker, who played under their boss Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City.

Sinclair could be a difference maker for Celtic, but here are three players from Aston Villa who they could look at targeting instead...

Joleon Lescott

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott goes off injuredAston Villa's Joleon Lescott goes off injured

Joleon Lescott is a Premier League title winner, but one of many experienced players to cop flak for their performances for Villa last season.

Lescott was by no means the worst, but he did not do himself many favours last season either.

A fresh start could be best for all concerned, and Lescott would be an improvement on Efe Ambrose at the back. He has also played alongside Kolo Toure before and could be a useful stop gap.

Libor Kozak

Aston Villa's Libor Kozak in action with West Brom's Darren FletcherAston Villa's Libor Kozak in action with West Brom's Darren Fletcher

The beanpole striker was linked with a move to Villa last season after an injury hit spell at Villa Park.

He remains at the club but like Lescott, could benefit from a change of scenery. Kozak could be a useful option off the bench for Celtic, and would come recommended by the man who signed him, former star Paul Lambert.

Jordan Lyden

Aston Villa's Jordan LydenAston Villa's Jordan Lyden

Talented 20-year-old Jordan Lyden made his Premier League debut at the end of last season for Villa, and may hope to make an impression in the Championship this campaign.

Despite this, a loan move to Celtic should be tempting if regular football does not materialise for the central midfielder and he cannot make his way into Villa's opening matchday squad.

Playing European football could also be beneficial for his development, while the Championship could be an unforgiving division to cut his teeth in.

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