Manchester City are considering an offer from West Bromwich Albion to take Scott Sinclair on loan for the season.
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But the 2012 Premier League champions would prefer a permanent deal to take the former Swansea winger away from the Etihad Stadium, a source has told ESPN.
And City are aware that several other Premier League clubs are interested in Sinclair and that an offer for an immediate transfer could be forthcoming.
Albion’s bid includes a loan fee with the option of a transfer next summer and City are adamant that the 24-year-old will not join another club on a short-term deal without them receiving compensation.
West Ham and Crystal Palace have also targeted Sinclair, while Everton and Newcastle have also been linked with him.
He was a £6.2 million signing from Swansea in August 2012 but only started three games in a tough first year in Manchester.
New manager Manuel Pellegrini then signed another winger, Spain international Jesus Navas from Sevilla, and Sinclair is not in City’s plans.