West Brom snap up Scott Sinclair
West Bromwich Albion have signed Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move.
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Sinclair, 24, who has struggled for playing time since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Swansea last summer, completed his move after passing a medical on Thursday.
The Baggies, who reportedly beat off competition from Southampton for him, confirmed the signing on their official website.
Head coach Steve Clarke, who worked with the former England Under-21 international at Chelsea, said he was pleased to have wrapped up the deal.
“Scott understands he needs to play football, and it will be good to work with him again,” he said. “We’re delighted he feels this is the right club for him at this stage of his career.
“He is the type of player we were missing from the squad. He is a pure winger who is quick, direct and scores goals -- he has proven that over his career. He can play off the right or left and improves our attacking options.
“I know him well, and he is a good person who I know is 100% committed to our cause. He is frustrated he did not get the chances to play at Man City last season, and hopefully he will take those frustrations out on Premier League defenders this season.”
Albion sporting and technical director Richard Garlick added: “Scott is the winger we earmarked right at the start of the transfer window. He has had a frustrating time at Manchester City, but you cannot doubt his quality in terms of what he has done in the past.
“He has a got a full pre-season under his belt with City and he is young, he is hungry and wants to play. He likes the club, the set-up, the players and the head coach. Hopefully he will bring a wow factor to the team -- and will be a player who will excite the fans.”
Sinclair became a forgotten man at City under former boss Roberto Mancini, and was then told he had no future under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
He started off at Bristol Rovers before moving to Chelsea -- where he was shipped out on loan to Plymouth, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Birmingham and Wigan. He moved to Swansea in a permanent deal in 2010 before switching to the Etihad Stadium in 2012.