Kevin Keegan swooped to beat off competition from Spurs and Middlesbrough to land the signature of West Ham's Trevor Sinclair in July 2003. Boro had already offered £1.5m + player exhange for the 30-year-old England wideman, but the deal stalled when hard-up Hammers held out for more money. This paved the way for Keegan who had a £2.5m bid accepted by the West Ham Board.
Trevor Sinclair made his debut for England at the prime age of 28. Before the move to City he had won 11 caps, including 4 during the 2002 World Cup in Japan. Initially Sinclair was only on stand-by for the Tournament, but he replaced the injured Danny Murphy just before the games started. He came on as a sub. for Owen Hargreaves after 19 minutes in the opening game against Argentina and was instrumental in the 1-0 victory over the South Americans. This performance made him a regular for the rest of the campaign.
Sinclair surprisingly handed in a transfer request early in the 2001/02 campaign and it looked as though he would move on. The player was unhappy with the club's ambition and he was strongly linked with a £10million move to Sunderland. The move did not materialize and it had to go another season before the combatant midfielder was allowed to move on. In the mean time West Ham was relegated and the price dumped £8m.
For Sinclair a move to City is an important one. Not only will he gather up with his England companion David Seaman, but he will also have the chance to prove himself in the UEFA-cup instead of battling in the Nationwide 1st Division. The attacking midfielder will add more experience and comittment to a young midfield line, where the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton are expected to get more playing time. The fact that Sinclair is an England International is also giving an important sign to the fans and opponents: City are going places.
Sinclair's time with City was hampered by injuries. Not one season came by without Trevor lying on the treatment table. So when his contract was up during the summer 2007, the club (at the time without manager) decided to release the former England international. After spending a couple of months sniffing on offers from lower league clubs, he decided to join Cradiff City on 10 July 2007, turning down an offer from Stoke City in the progress.