By Will Butcher
Celtic have seen a second bid for Aston Villa’s skillful winger Scott Sinclair rejected as manager Brendan Rodgers seeks a reunion.
The former Swansea manager was in charge as Sinclair came to prominence at the Liberty Stadium, and had a major hand in his £7million move from the Swans to Manchester City.
The Northern Irishman also worked with Sinclair at Chelsea during his stint at Stamford Bridge as a youth-team coach.
Since his move to Manchester City, the England Under-21 international’s career has taken a turn for the worse. The 27-year-old made just two starts in three years at The Etihad, with subsequent loan moves to West Brom and Aston Villa materialising.
The Villains decided to buy Sinclair for £2.5million last summer, and in 27 Premier League appearances, Sinclair scored two goals.
Despite his poor form, Di Matteo is looking to recoup the same price that the Midlands club paid for him last summer and is under no pressure to sell his versatile forward who still has two three years remaining on his contract at Villa Park.
It remains unclear whether Rodgers will return with a third bid or look for other options, but it’s clear that The Bhoys are desperate to reunite the two.
Rodgers has made two signings so far, with Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and Norwegian centre-back joining The Hoops’ pursuit of a 48th league title.
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