Well, we didn’t quite see this one coming.
Earlier today, Preston fans began tweeting about a possible deal for Scott Sinclair. It turned out that the claims emerged from Facebook, and we wrote it off as typical transfer window chatter.
We even posted on Twitter showing a photo of Sinclair in training at Celtic’s mid-season camp in Dubai, disproving claims that he had been spotted in the area ahead of a move.
Yet the Daily Record now report that Sinclair is actually travelling from Dubai to England in order to hold talks with Preston about a stunning move to Deepdale.
Celtic have allegedly given Sinclair permission to speak to North End, with a Bhoys source stating that “it looks as if a move at this stage would be in the best interests of all parties.”
Sinclair is inside the final six months of his contract at Parkhead, and he has played just seven times under Neil Lennon so far this season. The 30-year-old now looks set to move on, and whilst Stoke are keen, Preston have allegedly made their move.
The Glasgow Evening Times suggested back in July that Preston wanted Sinclair, but no move materialised. Now just months away from his contract ending, Sinclair certainly wouldn’t cost the £2.5million suggested.
We’re still not really buying this one completely. The Daily Record is a strong source, and comments from somebody inside the Bhoys camp about the move does suggest something is happening.
Yet with big wages, it’s hard to see how Preston will be paying for Sinclair. Maybe the Record have just decided to run with the social media rumours, but they are fairly reputable, and North End may really be on the verge of an exciting addition.
Sinclair has smashed 62 goals in 167 games for Celtic, winning three successive domestic trebles with the Bhoys. Primarily a left-sided winger, Sinclair would finally fill the void left by Callum Robinson, if this ambitious move does actually go through.