Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reds Must Push Hard to Land Scott Sinclair

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Joey Barton of Queens Park Rangers attempts to cross the ball as he is closed down by Scott Sinclair of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City at Loftus Road on April 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Liverpool needs to solve their problems on the wing before next season begins, Stewart Downing simply isn't cutting it at this point.

The Reds are actively searching for an answer. According to The Daily Mail, Liverpool is chasing Swansea City's Scott Sinclair.

Liverpool continue to monitor Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, who is stalling over a new deal. Tottenham, Aston Villa and Fulham are also interested in the England youth international, who enjoyed a stellar campaign back in the Premier League.

The Daily Mail goes on to state that Sinclair has 14 months left on his deal. He's rated at £6million, but Brendan Rodgers will have to wait until he denies Swansea's contract offer before he can actively pursue Sinclair. 

This is a situation worth keeping an eye on. If Sinclair ultimately rejects the bid from Huw Jenkins and Swansea City, a very good young player will be on the market. As mentioned above, Liverpool isn't the only team hunting a winger. That will create a massive bidding war as teams try to acquire the services of another capable goalscorer. 

Last year, Sinclair scored eight goals in 38 English Premier League contests. He also racked up four assists. In total, he's scored 27 goals in 80 appearances with Swansea since 2010. 

Prior to 2010, Sinclair played on loan for six different teams. Chelsea loaned him to Plymouth Argyle, and he's bounced around ever since. 

This can benefit his new side. Sinclair is used to entering a new lineup and fitting in right away. He's never played more than 18 games for any of his loan teams, but he's proven himself at each stop. 

Sinclair is only 23 years old, so he still has room to improve. Liverpool could use his speed and creativity in the open field as well as his goalscoring ability from the perimeter. Luis Suarez was excellent last season, but he needs some help offensively. 

The Reds need to bolster their play on the wing if they want to climb the EPL table next season. Sinclair is an affordable, and talented, option, but he is going to require some patience.