Celtic outcast Scott Sinclair has been linked with a deadline day move to Sunderland, as reported by Football Insider.
The Hoops winger was omitted from the Celtic squad for yesterday’s 2-0 win in the Old Firm derby and has apparently been given the green light to leave Parkhead.
His wages are thought to be around £30,000 per week, enough to put off almost all League One clubs. He came close to a move to Championship side Derby County last month, but the Championship window is now closed.
The 30-year-old winger spent five years with Chelsea after emerging with Bristol Rovers, later playing for Swansea City and Manchester City. He earned England caps up to Under 21 level and played in the Great Britain Olympic team that took part in the 2012 London Games.
He’s found himself frozen out at Celtic after the arrival of Neil Lennon, having scored 40 goals in 77 SPFL starts.
He’s played four times this season, three in the Champions League qualifiers and once in the league. His only goal came in the 3-1 in against Sarajevo in July.
There are too many reasons to list this as a bad move. The wage commitment is ridiculous for a League One club and when you consider Bury’s plight it’s almost crass.
However, the Black Cats are a top side, a big team waiting for a promotion and good times to start once more. £30,000 isn’t a big wage to them historically, although it’s certainly going to be a burden at this level.
It’s a gamble, again. They gambled on Will Grigg last season and now they’re gambling on a player with a big reputation. They need to take some pressure off Aiden McGeady and this looks to be their preferred path, rightly or wrongly.