WBA confident of Scott Sinclair signing
Steve Clarke is hopeful his drawn out pursuit of Scott Sinclair will reach a successful conclusion in the next few days.
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Despite suggestions that Southampton are prepared to pay £5 million in a permanent deal for the Manchester City winger, Albion head coach Clarke remains the front runner for the services of the 24-year-old.
Sources close to WBA believe Clarke is closer than ever in his attempts to bring Sinclair to the Hawthorns with just the finer points of the deal to be finalised.
Albion and City have already agreed on a £2 million loan fee for the duration of a 12-month loan and WBA will also pay a percentage of Sinclair's £40,000-a-week wages. The only sticking point between the two clubs appears to be the cost of signing Sinclair permanently at the end of the loan period.
City are determined to ensure the specifics of the loan deal include a permanent transfer of Sinclair next year and are believed to want another £4 million, which would effectively cover the £6.2 million they paid Swansea for the winger during the reign of Roberto Mancini.
Sinclair became the forgotten man at City under Mancini and has been told he has no future under new coach Manuel Pellegrini and Albion are confident the player is keen to make the switch to the Hawthorns and resurrect his career.
Another reason for the deal being held up is that Sinclair remains in negotiations with City over severance payments which will help accelerate his switch.
Baggies defender Liam Ridgewell believes he will be would be a good addition to the squad.
Ridgewell played alongside Sinclair when the winger played 14 games for Birmingham City in a loan spell in 2009 and told the Birmingham Mail: "He is very quick and very direct and a very good player.
"He has developed into a very good player. With any luck we might might be able to get him but I’m sure the gaffer is working on that. It would be great to have him down here."