Swansea complete Sinclair swoop

Sinclair, who is well known to Rodgers from his days as youth team

and then reserve team manager at Stamford Bridge, moves for an

initial fee of £500,000, which could rise to over

£1million with appearances and performance-related add-ons.

The 21-year-old has penned a three-year contract at the Liberty

Stadium. Sinclair came through the ranks at Chelsea, but failed to

break into the first team and made just one start and four

substitute appearances. He was sent out on several loan spells,

with his clubs including Wigan, Crystal Palace and QPR, and the

move represents a real coup for the Swans. “Scott is obviously a

player I know well and I am delighted to sign him,” Rodgers told

the club’s official website. “He is a big talent and has been a

sought-after player since he broke onto the scene. “As far as I am

concerned there is no better place for him than Swansea City. With

this group of players, style of football and fantastic fans, this

will be a great club for his development. “He is only 21 and still

has big potential. I think this will be a good home for him. He is

a great signing for the present and the future and joins a group of

exciting young players.” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins added: “While

everyone is aware that we run a tight ship here financially, we

will always invest in the team when funds are available. “I think

this signing highlights our intent. “It is also the club’s priority

to invest in bright, young talent wherever possible and I don’t

think you will find many young players with the talent Scott

possesses.” The deal remains subject to Premier League and Football

League ratification, meaning Sinclair, who has represented England

at every level up to Under-20, will not be available for Swansea’s

Carling Cup clash with Barnet on Tuesday night.