By Paul Clennam
Scott Sinclair is set to be handed a Manchester City lifeline following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, with a summer exit from the Etihad Stadium now looking increasingly unlikely.
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Pellegrini's arrival as City's new manager could signal a reprieve for a player who looked finished with the Premier League runners-up, however, with the Chilean willing to assess all members of his squad before making any decisions over player departures.
Sinclair underwent surgery on a blood clot on his shoulder in May and is expected to miss the start of the season, thus likely halting any potential move until January at the earliest should Pellegrini decide that he is not part of his plans.
This will at least give the former Chelsea man an opportunity to prove his worth to the ex-Malaga coach after a disappointing 2012-13 campaign that saw him start just two Premier League games.
Despite his struggles last term, Everton, who Goal revealed were considering a cut-price deal back in February, and West Ham are keen admirers and could be tempted to make a move should Sinclair remain out of favour at the Etihad Stadium.