Swansea City stand their ground on Scott Sinclair's price tag
SCOTT Sinclair's move to Manchester City is looking less certain as Swansea City hold out for the best possible price.
Huw Jenkins has rejected a £6.2 million offer from City for the winger and the transfer window is set to slam shut in just two days time.
Sinclair has seemed destined to leave the Liberty ever since it emerged there was interest from Roberto Mancini's Premier League champions.
City want the Bath-born flyer as a replacement for Adam Johnson who left the Etihad to join Sunderland last week.
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But Jenkins insisted in yesterday's Evening Post that reports of a £6.2 million fee being agreed were wide of the mark.
Swansea have since turned down a bid of that size as they try to squeeze more out of the champions.
It is thought an offer of around £7 million would be enough to convince Swansea to sell, though they may have to accept less the nearer Friday's deadline gets.
Sinclair has made it clear he is not interested in extending his stay in South Wales.
And with just a year left on his Swansea contract, the man who helped to win Premier League promotion by scoring 27 goals in the Championship, including a play-off final hat-trick, could leave for nothing next summer.
Swansea have been prepared to let the deals of important players run down in the past, as they did with Darren Pratley and Leon Britton.
But with the value of key assets soaring in the top flight, that option has become less attractive.
Swansea paid Chelsea a then club record £1.5 million for Sinclair just two years ago and the Blues would be entitled to around 10 per cent of any profit made from his sale.
That now appears a bargain price for the 23-year-old who is an established Premier League player, having arrived as a Stamford Bridge reserve.
Meanwhile, Stephen Dobbie has emerged as a potential makeweight in the deal to bring Middlesbrough forward Marvin Emnes back to the Liberty.
It is thought the former Swansea loan star could be close to a return to the club he spent a month at two seasons ago.
Boro want around £5 million for Emnes, but may accept part of that payment in the form of Dobbie.
Swansea could be open to that possibility as the 29-year-old, who is keen to play regular football, has made just eight Premier League appearances for them.
Boro are one of a clutch of Championship clubs thought to be tracking Dobbie, with Bristol City and Blackpool others who have enquired about his availability.
Dobbie has spent two successful loan spells with the Seasiders, but boss Ian Holloway recently suggested his personal demands had hampered a permanent transfer.
It remains to be seen whether Boro are prepared to match the former Queen of the South man's current wage.
Swansea are also still trying to reach an agreement with Valencia to bring winger Pablo Hernandez to the Liberty.
The four-cap Spanish international is keen on the move, which is not thought to be dependant on whether Sinclair leaves.