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Crystal Palace and QPR in for Man City’s forgotten Englishman

| 29.12.2014

It’s not exactly hard to figure out why Scott Sinclair has stuck around in the stands at Manchester City, seeing as the former Chelsea youth is reportedly on £52,000 a week at the Etihad, but with his contract running down he might actually need to start earning a living again soon.

Judging by his tally of eight Premier League goals during the 2011/12 season at Swansea, Sinclair can be rather effective in the top flight when he wants to be, and 19 Championship strikes in the previous campaign is decent by any standard.

Sinclair’s move to the then-champions was a textbook case of money, and agents, ruling footballers’ minds – nobody, apart from maybe his mum, saw the Bath native getting anywhere near City’s first team.

It has become clear that Helen Flanagan’s fella is merely an English face above the dugout, alongside goalkeeper Richard Wright and formerly midfielder Jack Rodwell, filling the Citizens’ quota of homegrown players. These rules clearly need revising.

Sinclair’s inactivity (21 Premier League appearances since leaving Swansea, eight of them on loan at West Brom, no goals of any kind) hasn’t put off Crystal Palace or QPR, with rumours circulating that the London pair will battle it out for the 25-year-old’s signature in the coming days.

Palace will be desperate for an injection of pace and guile in January, with leggy ace Yannick Bolasie off to the African Cup of Nations with Congo.

The fact that the Eagles are managerless after Neil Warnock’s somewhat-surprising sacking is not thought to be a problem, as owner Steve Parish fancies himself as something of a director of football, having brought in Wilfried Zaha on loan after Tony Pulis’ August departure.

However, Parish will struggle to compete with the Super Hoops, owned by aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes, if money still dictates much of Sinclair’s thinking. Based on the evidence of the last few years, it surely does.

Palace are 23/20 to go down this season, with QPR a shade bigger at 11/8.

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Alex Fortune