Scott Sinclair has hinted he could leave Manchester City in January if he remains without first-team football which has put interested clubs on red alert.
It is thought City would be willing to let the former Chelsea youngster move on for a fee of around £3 million which would surely suit West Ham United, who could see the 25-year-old as a cheap replacement for the disappointing Matt Jarvis.
Sinclair has failed to break into Manuel Pelligrini's side since his move from Swansea in 2012, he has made just 11 Premier League appearances and only two of which have been starts.
He was loaned out to West Brom last term but he failed to make an impression at the Hawthorns, making just eight appearances, however the Hammers should gamble on the player and take him to Upton Park on a permanent basis.
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The winger was once on the fringes of the England squad having displayed excellent form in his first Premier League season with Swansea and the Irons know he will be a useful addition if they can help him rediscover his old form.
Jarvis, who has failed to live up to his £10.75million price-tag since Sam Allardyce bought him from Wolves in 2012, a club record at the time, could be let go if Sinclair is signed.
West Brom were interested in the 28-year-old in the summer but Allardyce was reluctant to let the Englishman go. It is believed the Baggies were willing to pay a fee of up to £7million for the winger’s services, which if they are still willing, would cover the cost of Sinclair and leave the Hammers with money to spare.
In 64 games Jarvis has scored four goals for the club and has not been able to replicate the form he displayed while at Wolves. Sinclair, in 82 appearances while playing regularly in Wales, scored 28 goals. Both players are creative and can make things happen for their team-mates but Sinclair could provide a more prominent attacking threat to a new-look West Ham.
It is apparent that the east London outfit have to sell off fringe players in order to sign anyone in January because of Financial Fair Play regulations and replacing Jarvis with Sinclair could be a shrewd piece of business.
Sinclair is yet to reach his prime and has a point to prove in England’s top flight, while Jarvis’ career is teetering on disappointingly due to injury problems and poor form.
With the Hammers hoping to excel this season and possibly achieve a finish in a European place, Sinclair could give them a vital boost, he has massive potential but would need to find his form fast to hold down a place in a competitive West Ham side.
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