Southampton are ready to hijack West Bromwich Albion's move for Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, with the south coast club preparing a £5million bid, reports the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer, with suggestions he would join the Baggies on a season-long loan.
However, Manchester City officials are keen for West Brom to commit to buying Sinclair next summer, and their failure to do so has now raised doubts about the prospective deal.
Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to take advantage of the uncertain situation, by coming in with a firm offer for the former Swansea ace, who has made little impact during his first 12 months at Manchester City.
A move to St Mary's would see Sinclair link up with his younger brother Jake, who is already an established member of Southampton's esteemed youth academy.
Manuel Pellegrini is open to the idea of selling the forward, having splashed more than £83million on new attacking talent over the summer, and is prepared to cut City's losses on a player they paid £6.2million to sign a little over a year ago.