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Report: Newcastle line up attacker, Benitez has discussed him at length in transfer meetings

By Will Butcher

Newcastle are ready to pounce for Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair after Celtic failed to agree a fee despite multiple bids, according to a report.

Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers is reported to have already tabled three bids for Sinclair, the latest being a £3million offer as he looks to set up a second reunion with the former Swansea striker.

However, the Evening Chronicle claim that Sinclair has been discussed at length by Rafael Benitez in transfer meetings and a bid is expected to be tabled by the north-east club for the England under-21 international.

Magpies manager Benitez has been very active in the transfer market so far, blowing his Championship rivals away with almost £30million spent on five players, including £12million on Matt Ritchie and £10million on Dwight Gayle.

The Villains decided to buy Sinclair for £2.5million last summer, and in 27 Premier League appearances, Sinclair scored just two goals.

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Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo believes Sinclair is worth more than the £2.5million the club paid for him last summer and is under no pressure to sell the 27-year-old, who still has three years remaining on his contract at Villa Park.

Celtic have so far failed to reach an agreement with Vill, and Rodgers could find himself losing out to Newcastle who have much more spending power at their disposal.

In other Newcastle transfer news, this Newcastle flop has joined Thai side Muangthong United just three years after leaving St. James’ Park.