Aston Villa Boss Paul Lambert Speaks Highly Of £3m Transfer Target, Who Looks Certain To Leave Manchester City

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has backed forgotten Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair to get his Premier League career back on track.

Since Sinclair moved to the Etihad Stadium from Swansea City in a £6.2m deal in August 2012, he has started just two top-flight games for the 2014 champions, as well as four during a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

The 25-year-old is certain to leave City this month, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Villa Park appears to be a likely destination, but the Midlands club must stump up a £3m transfer fee, plus a healthy wage package.

Lambert has refused to directly comment on his attempts to sign Sinclair, but he admits that the former England Under-21 international is a player who he rates highly.

“It’s unfair for me to comment on somebody who isn’t here,” said Lambert.

“But I know the lad from his Swansea days and I know exactly what he can do.”

Sinclair was a bit hit at Swansea – he scored 36 goals in 91 games in all competitions during his two seasons in South Wales.

Lambert added: “When I was at Norwich we were vying with Swansea to get out of the [Championship] league at the same time and they had him and Nathan Dyer at the time.

“The pair of them were major players in that team.

“Norwich managed to get second place behind QPR and he scored a hat-trick in the play-off final.

“The year he had in the Premier League was outstanding.

“He’s certainly got it in him to be a real good player.

“The Man City move has probably been a bit different to what he has imagined.”

Sinclair represented Great Britain at the last Olympic Games, playing four matches at London 2012. He scored in a 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates.

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