Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair is edging closer to a move to Celtic after the two clubs agreed a fee of up to £4 million for the winger.
Celtic earmarked Sinclair as one of their first targets of the summer transfer window, with manager Brendan Rodgers having worked with the player during his days at Swansea City and Chelsea, but Villa knocked back a number of approaches from Celtic.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City player will complete a medical over the weekend ahead of Monday’s Champions League deadline to register players for their play-off game against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Ross McCormack’s £12 million move to Villa from Fulham looks to have helped Celtic’s pursuit of Sinclair, and the 27-year-old will become Brendan Rodgers’ third summer signing following the signing of Moussa Dembele and Kolo Toure.
When asked about the player at a press conference ahead of the league season kicking off, Rodgers said: “There’s no smoke without fire and there’s been a lot of smoke. Scott’s a player I know well. I would really hope to sign a player before the weekend.
“I had him in at Chelsea when he was 16 years of age out of Bristol Rovers, I know him probably as well as anyone and I know his qualities. But there is a number of players that we are looking at and all of them we hope can improve the squad.
“The squad will be better and stronger by the time we arrive at the next European games. We’d like to get in at least one new player before the deadline.”