Tottenham Transfer News: Joleon Lescott Door Opened by Manchester City

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IOctober 17, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool battles with Joleon Lescott of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Manchester City's out-of-favour central defender Joleon Lescott is looking for a transfer window move away from Eastlands, and his availability has alerted a number of clubs, including Newcastle, Besiktas and AS Monaco.

Darren Lewis of Mirror Football, though, notes that Tottenham is Lescott's preferred destination, even though City would prefer him to stay:

City’s official line is that they are unwilling to allow the centre-half, who can also play at left-back, to leave as they have a defensive crisis of their own while competing in four competitions, but their position is understood to be weakening.

Lescott has only managed 13 appearances this season under manager Manuel Pellegrini and is fourth choice behind the likes of Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic.

It's alleged by Lewis that Lescott will lower his salary demands—he currently earns in the region of £90,000 per week at City—to force through a move and boost his chances of gaining a place in England's World Cup squad.

However, as of this moment, according to Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News, City have received "no offers" for the player:

Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul are still sidelined at Spurs, but in a glimmer of good news for the club, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail Online reports that the duo are back in light training.

With their return to action still some way off, Tim Sherwood's need for defensive cover is self-evident, and Lescott fits the bill.

Valued at just £4 million in March, according to Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail Online, Lescott is still just 31 and with international experience.

According to Squawka, he has only made a single defensive error in the matches he has played this season, wins over half of all tackles attempted and has a top-end passing accuracy of 88 percent.

At that price, Lescott can be a useful addition to the Spurs side as they push to cement their place in the upper echelons of the Premier League table.