Scott Sinclair has put pen to paper on a four year deal that will end his difficult spell at Manchester City and see him make a permanent move to Premier League side Aston Villa.
The signing comes after Sinclair impressed on a loan spell at Vill Park, with boss Tim Sherwood and the board of directors having seen enough to make their decision on a permanent basis, according to BBC Sport.
The 26-year-old first signed for City after a successful start to life in the Premier League at Swansea City in 2012. After a fee of £6 million was agreed the player had hoped to make a better start to life at the Etihad, but saw his games limited to league cup matches and short run outs only.
Having scored three goals since arriving from City on loan, Sinclair has been pivotal in the success of Villa reaching the FA Cup final. The midfielder took to Aston Villa's website to voice his excitement about the move.
"This is the happiest I have been in a long time. Now it's about kicking on with my career in claret and blue," he said.
Sinclair is the first signing of the Sherwood era, and is indicative of the type of football the manager wants his teams to play. Opting for pace down the wings and a creativeness in the final third rather than a long ball game, Sinclair is surely to be a positive asset to the Villa team and the players signing before the FA Cup final and could give the side that added boost.
Tom Cleverley is next on the radar for Sherwood with regards to permanent moves. Trying to capture the player from Manchester United on a free transfer, Sherwood joked about having threatened to drop the midfielder for the FA Cup final if he doesn't sign for the Midlands side before May 30.
Villa go into the final day of the season with minds on the cup final; having gone down 6-1 to Southampton last weekend it is clear the focus is elsewhere. However, with the confidence boost signing Sinclair can bring it may lift them for cup final day.
Man City supporters, do you think Sinclair was given a fair crack at the Etihad? Villa fans are you excited to see him arrive permanently? Let us know in the comments box below.
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