By Harvey Byrne

Celtic have submitted a £2million bid for Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair, according to a report.

The Sun claim that manager Brendan Rodgers has made a formal move after making the 27-year-old his number one target this summer.

The former Liverpool boss worked with the ex-Manchester City man when they were both at Swansea and the Irishman is a big fan of the player.

The left-winger starred for the Swans and Rodgers as they won promotion to the Premier League, which included a hat-trick for Sinclair at Wembley in the play-off final.

He joined City for £6million in 2012 but was only on the fringes of the team during his spell at the club and joined Villa last summer.

Although the former England Under-21 international was unable to keep the Villains in the top flight in the recently completed season, he did play 33 times across all competitions, scoring six goals.

New Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo will be looking to trim the wage bill of the Midlands club following relegation to the Championship and he may be tempted to allow Sinclair to move on.

Rodgers is said to be looking for quality front men to support Leigh Griffiths as he prepares for the new campaign.

The Scottish giants have already sanctioned the departures of Anthony Stokes, Carlton Cole and Colin Kazim-Richards and the new Celtic boss could see his former star man as the perfect player to replace them.

In other Celtic news, Norwich have had a bid accepted for a Championship ace amid interest from Aston Villa and Celtic.