Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair looks set to sign for Villa on a permanent deal this summer. Having already scored three goals for Villa, two in the F.A. Cup, and one in the Premier League, he has been a valuable contributor to Sherwood's revived Villa.
The Englishman has a £2.5 million price tag, unlike other Villa loan star Tom Cleverley who will be avaliable on a free, but both parties seem eager to close the deal. The Telegraph reports that the purchase is part of a clause in Sinclair's loan contract that said if Aston Villa escaped relegation they were obligated to make the winger's move permanent. Sinclair has shown excellent technical ability both on the ball and off it, but has recently lost his starting spot in the starting eleven to Jack Grealish and Charles N'Zogbia. Sinclair has been on the fringes at City ever since he joined in 2012, and is looking to get back to playing every week, something Sherwood can offer.
Sinclair will provide much needed depth on the wing, and has the flexibility and creativity to play more than one position. With Charles N'Zogbia out of contract in the summer and Jack Grealish unproven over the course of an entire year, signing Sinclair on a permanent is a shrewd move by Sherwood, and will help to avoid an injury crisis like we saw this year.
Sinclair sent Villa into both the quarter final and semi final with goals over Leicester City and local rival West Brom. With Sinclair set to sign, hopefully Tom Cleverley will follow, and Sherwood's transfer business will be off to a good start.