Swansea City hopeful over Sinclair deal
SWANSEA City are hopeful Scott Sinclair will sign a new contract following the appointment of Michael Laudrup as the club's new manager.
The winger had opened discussions about extending his stay at the Liberty Stadium while former boss Brendan Rodgers was still in charge.
Talks were put on hold when Rodgers left for Liverpool last month, with Sinclair keen to speak to Rodgers's successor before deciding on his future.
But having unveiled Laudrup as their new manager last week, Swansea are now looking to secure the highly rated 23-year-old on a new deal.
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"Scott's position was delayed somewhat until we appointed a new manager," said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.
"I think that was important, to make sure the new manager had a chance to speak to Scott himself, whatever we decided to do.
"Whether you put him on a long contract or not, I think it should be a joint process to make sure the manager is fully involved.
"And over the next few weeks, prior to the start of pre-season, we'll sit down with Scott and discuss his feelings.
"I spoke to Scott and his agent prior to Brendan leaving.
"Scott was waiting to see who we appointed as manager, and then to speak to the manager." Swansea will be eager to conclude a deal soon, as Sinclair is about to enter the final year of his contract.
In recent seasons, players such as Darren Pratley and Dorus de Vries left on free transfers after their contracts expired.
An important member of the first team, Swansea would be loath to allow Sinclair to depart for what could be a reduced fee in the last season of his current deal. "A lot of