By Will Butcher
Celtic are preparing a fifth bid of £3million-plus in their latest attempt to prise Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa, according to a report.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to set up a second reunion with the former England under-21 international after working with him at Chelsea and Swansea.
The Daily Record have reported that the Scottish Champions remain undeterred in their pursuit of the former Manchester City star, and are set to return to the negotiating table with a bid of over £3million.
The Daily Mail claim that Celtic’s fourth bid for Sinclair of £2.75million plus add-ons was tabled during the second half of July. This followed offers of £1million, £1.25million and £2.2million from the Scottish giants.
Rodgers wants to land the versatile attacker even though he has already signed striker Moussa Dembele this summer and has 40-goal top scorer of last season Leigh Griffiths in his team.
Champions League winning manager Roberto Di Matteo is keen on keeping the 27-year-old in claret and blue, as he looks to take the Midlands side back to the Premier League. The Italian is under no pressure to sell with three years remaining on Sinclair’s deal.
The former City star could be tempted to move to Parkhead with the lure of Champions League football and a crowd of 60,000 something that Villa can’t match.
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 almost double the price that Villa paid for him last summer. Sinclair made his name at Swansea, before moving to City for around £7million and has also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.
In other Celtic transfer news, captain Scott Brown has identified who he believes to be the Hoops’ biggest rivals this season.