West Ham reportedly agree deal with Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott.

It has been rumoured that the 31-year-old England international is seen as superfluous to requirements at the Etihad and that Manuel Pellegrini has been fielding loan offers for the defender, but reports in the SundayTelegraph believe West Ham have agreed a three-and-a-half year deal to bring him to Upton Park.

The deal would reportedly match Lescott’s £90,000-a-week salary for the remainder of the year and then would lower to £70,000-a-week for the remaining three years – even if they are relegated.

However, West Ham’s desperation for reinforcements in their backline has reached new heights which may prove a stumbling block in the completion of the deal. With Guy Demel being forced off early in West Ham’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City yesterday, Sam Allardyce is not sure if his thin selection of defenders can hold out another week without bringing in a new signing, as City are said to be unwilling to part ways with Lescott before January 20.


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