Derby County are set to make a deadline day move for Celtic attacker Scott Sinclair, Football Insider have reported.
Sinclair, who joined from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016, has made 163 appearances and scored 63 goals in all competitions during his time in Glasgow, winning the domestic treble all three seasons he has been at the club.
The attacker was, however, left out of Celtic’s squad for the opening leg of their Champions League qualifier away to Romanian side CFR Cluj on Wednesday night amid speculation over his future.
Earlier in the window, it was reported that Derby’s Championship rivals Preston had seen a loan approach for Sinclair rejected, with the Scottish champions preferring to sell the 30-year-old for a fee in the region of £2.5million.
Cocu’s side are expected to push for promotion again this season, and Sinclair has experience in that area, having helped Swansea win a place in the Premier League via the Championship play-offs during the 2010/11 season.
What a signing this would be.
Derby do feel like a side who need to add a bit of attacking flair to their midfield in support of Tom Lawrence, following the expiry of loans for Harry Wilson and Mason Mount at the end of last season, and Sinclair would be a really good option to do that.
The 30-year-old may have fallen down the pecking order slightly at Celtic, but he still remains a dangerous operator for defences to cope with, and his experience winning promotion with Swansea could be very useful for Derby indeed.
Following a strong start to the season at Huddersfield on Monday, this feel like it could be quite the statement on which to close what has been an eventful summer transfer window for the Rams.