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25th Jul, 2016 | 8:27am

Report: Celtic lodge multi-million bid for 27-year-old, club make emphatic response

By Will Butcher

Celtic have had a fourth bid rejected for Aston Villa’s versatile forward Scott Sinclair, 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 Mail claim that Celtic’s fourth bid for Sinclair of £2.75million plus add-ons was tabled on Friday.

This followed offers of £1million, £1.25million and £2.2million from the Scottish giants.

The report says the latest bid was rejected by the Championship club, who want £5million for a player signed on a four-year deal from Manchester City last summer.

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Champions League winning manager Roberto Di Matteo is said to be keen to keep the 27-year-old as he looks to take the Midlands side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and is under no pressure to sell his man 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 Di Matteo 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 news, Twitter has reacted to Rodgers’ decision to sign this veteran defender.