Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair may have been given a lifeline in his stumbling career, as Southampton are reportedly ready to offer £2.5 million despite the uncertain future of Mauricio Pochettino.
Sinclair, who was setting the Premier league alight with Swansea only two seasons ago, has suffered quite a nightmare ever since he swapped the Liberty Stadium for the Etihad, having hardly played.
The 25-year-old is now desperate to revive his career and with Man City almost guaranteed to let him go to help trim their squad to coincide with UEFA's Financial Fair Play, Southampton could be the best place to go.
Ever since Sinclair set foot in Manchester he has been a background figure; a significant contrast to his inspiring performances with Swansea the previous season.
It was pretty clear from the off that then-City boss Roberto Mancini wasn't too keen on Sinclair as he was barely utilised, eventually leading to him being loaned out to West Brom last summer. This begs to offer the question, why did City buy him in the first place?
The mere fact that Sinclair was bought for £6.2 million, a drop in the ocean for the big spending Citizens, strongly suggested that he would only be used as a good 'emergency' squad player and would rarely see the glamour of the first team.
Some would see this, especially Swansea fans, as a complete and utter waste of talent and, worse yet, English talent. Yet again, another promising young English player shot down by his temptation to win trophies and earn the big bucks.
Be that as it may, Sinclair now has a huge opportunity to rebuild his career at a team that could suit him perfectly. It would also suit Southampton, who have been missing a clever, pacy winger ever since Jason Puncheon departed.
As well as this, Saints are a team on the up, playing a similar exciting, stylish attacking football to his former club Swansea. Playing alongside players such as Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, who are all very much part of Roy Hodgson's future plans, an England call-up might not be far away, should Sinclair cement a first team place. This all seems like a bit of a no-brainer for Sinclair.
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