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DEADLINE DAY: Reports claim Sunderland are plotting ambitious move for Celtic’s Scott Sinclair

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Sunderland are plotting an ambitious deadline day move for tricky Celtic forward Scott Sinclair, according to former Sky Sports reporter Pete O’Rourke.

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Sunderland have been linked with a transfer deadline day swoop for Celtic forward Scott Sinclair.

Former Sky Sports North East reporter Pete O’Rourke claims via footballinsider247.com that Sinclair is set to depart the Scottish Champions after being frozen out by Neil Lennon, and Jack Ross is hoping to take advantage of the 30-year-old’s availability.

Sinclair has fallen down the pecking order at Celtic Park and has only made four late substitute appearances this season but scored 17 goals last season, while contributing a further six assists.

That was his third consecutive season since joining the Scottish giants where he got into double figures for goals since he signed for the club. Going along with his record of 25 goals and 13 assists in 2016-17 and 18 goals and 17 assists in 2017-18.

One sticking point may be his reported £30,000 per week wages but with Lennon admitting last week that the winger is down the pecking order, time is ticking for Sinclair to find a new club:

It’s understandable if Sinclair feels put out. We don’t want to treat him badly because he’s a senior pro.

It’s just that he’s finding it difficult right now to get into the squad. I can’t pick six wingers. It’s been tough for Scott. We have a lot of options on the wings.