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Joleon Lescott | Defensemen

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/16/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 183

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West Bromwich Albion are set to sign England international defender Joleon Lescott.
Lescott was allowed to leave Manchester City when his contract expired last month, but he still has a lot to offer and would be a fine free transfer for a mid-table Premier League side. Stoke and Hull had been rumoured to be leading the chase for the defender, but West Brom are now being reported as favourites to seal a deal by BBC Sport. Lescott previously worked with new West Brom head coach Alan Irvine at Everton and is familiar with the club's backroom staff from his time with Wolves. Jun 18 - 11:16 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Hull City appear close to securing a partner for Curtis Davies with the news that Joleon Lescott will soon agree to a deal with the club.

Hull City's season had it's ups and downs. Up - they secured a second season in the Premier League. Down - despite the perception of a strong season they finished just two places and four points above the relegation spots. Up - they secured a spot in the Europa Cup for their second place finish in the FA Cup. Down - they have to stay up while playing Europa Cup matches next season. Adding a defender of Lescott's pedigree will certainly help with the latter task. He may not be up to Manchester City's high standards but he should be well rested and a significant improvement for Hull City assuming this deal goes through.
Jun 17 - 11:42 AM

A number of Bundesliga clubs and Middle East teams have joined chase for Joleon Lescott, according to Sky sources.

Lescott found himself as fourth choice behind Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic at Manchester City last season, meaning his game time was limited, featuring just 10 times in the Premier League. A January loan move was rumoured but never occurred, putting an end to any chance of the defender making England's World Cup squad, and both the club and the player allowed his contract to run down, meaning he is now a free agent. At 31 years old Lescott still had a lot to offer and could be a fine free transfer for a non-top four team. Aston Villa, West Ham, and former club Everton have all been linked, as well as Turkish side Besiktas, German outfit Schalke and Al Ain in the UAE.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 5 - 6:38 AM

Joleon Lescott has insisted he holds no grudges against Manchester City as he looks to make a quick decision regarding his future.

Lescott found himself as fourth choice behind Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic under Manuel Pellegrini, meaning his game time was limited throughout the season, featuring just 10 times in the Premier League. A January loan move was rumoured but never occurred, putting an end to any chance of the defender making England's World Cup squad, and with his contract expiring he has accepted he must move on. At 31 years old, Lescott still had a lot to offer and could be a fine free transfer for a non-top four team. Aston Villa, West Ham, and former club Everton have all been linked, as well as Turkish side Besiktas.
Source: Sky Sports
May 14 - 5:16 AM

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has no imminent plans to add Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott or anybody else during the January transfer window.

"I don't think we need players here. We need to get them fit, the ones we have got, and then if anyone springs up who could really make us better, our 11, then possibly we will go in. I think the club have always backed their managers and I don't think they will be different with me, but I really think we are fine once we get everyone fit. We are just looking in that treatment room and seeing if it can empty a little bit and when it does we can assess what we need and what we might need. He (Lescott) is a good player and there are lot of good players at different clubs, but he is with Man City at the moment so we can't comment on that." City boss Manuel Pellegrini said that there hasn't been any discussions about Lescott as of yet, but he didn't completely shutdown the possibility either. "At this moment we are not considering it (a loan) but we will see in the future during the transfer window what will happen."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 3 - 10:11 PM

Joleon Lescott's agent has confirmed Besiktas have expressed an interest in signing the Manchester City defender.

Lescott has found himself as fourth choice behind Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis under Manuel Pellegrini, meaning his game time has been limited. With the World Cup approaching he may feel he needs to play more football to ensure a place on England's plane to Brazil, although Manchester City may want to hold on to the 31-year old with a gruelling Premier League and Champions League schedule to come over the next five months.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 2 - 5:13 AM

Manchester City are weighing up a fresh move for Real Madrid defender Pepe despite plans to offer Joleon Lescott a new contract.

This seems like an odd move from City. After a rough start, captain Vincent Kompany and the excellent Matija Nastasic formed a decent defensive partnership last season, and with Lescott set to be offered a new deal it seems strange that the club would feel the need to spend such a large amount of money on a 30-year-old. One assumes Pepe would be set for a starting spot if he does move to Manchester, which would mean Nastasic's playing time would be reduced, and would be even worse news for Lescott. The England defender will need a decent proportion of first team football if he's to have any chance of featuring in next summer's World Cup, so may need to consider moving on if he's going to be fourth choice.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 06:30:00 AM

Manuel Pellegrini has told Joleon Lescott he will reject any offers for the England defender after insisting that the 30-year-old is a key figure in his plans at Manchester City.

It would make sense for City to want to keep Lescott following Kolo Toure's move to Liverpool and Real Madrid’s refusal to sell them Pepe. Matija Nastasic and captain Vincent Kompany are likely to remain first choice, so Lescott will need some guarantees of a decent proportion of first team football if he is to stay, with the World Cup coming up next summer.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 05:34:00 AM

Real Madrid's central defender Pepe is understood to be top of Manchester City's list of transfer targets.

The 30-year-old's potential arrival, for a reported fee of £15m, would likely push Joleon Lescott closer to the exit door, as he is already behind Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasić in the pecking order.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 06:02:00 AM

Manchester City have made an enquiry for Romania defender Stefan Radu of Lazio as they look to sell Joleon Lescott.

Radu is 26-years old, can play at left-back or centre-back and would cost City around £15million. With the World Cup coming up next summer, Lescott will be looking to leave if he is not certain of first team football, and the Daily Mail report that Galatasaray are interested in a £10million deal.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 09:55:00 AM

The Daily Mirror are reporting that Real Madrid are ready to sell star defender Pepe to Manchester City – to help raise funds to buy Gareth Bale.

If Pepe is to move to the Etihad then this would likely push Joleon Lescott closer to the exit door, as he is already behind Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasić in the pecking order. The same article in the Mirror states Carlos Tevez could be moving in the opposite direction, in a swap deal with winger Angel Di Maria.
Fri, May 31, 2013 04:48:00 AM

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott expects the squad to quickly put the disruption of Roberto Mancini's sacking behind them this summer.

Lescott is likely to be one of the main beneficiaries from Mancini's sacking having fallen out with the Italian towards the end of last year after a dressing room bust-up. As a result he started just 16 league games this season after losing his regular starting spot to Matija Nastasić but will be hoping for a clean slate when the new manager arrives.
Sat, May 25, 2013 07:29:00 AM