Redknapp enters race to sign defender Lescott from City with QPR ready to pay 90k wages
09:51 GMT, 5 January 2013
11:42 GMT, 5 January 2013
QPR have joined the race to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott as Harry Redknapp bids to beat the drop.
The west London side are looking to strengthen their defence and Redknapp is keen on England defender Lescott and QPR are understood to be prepared to meet his 90,000-a-week wages.
But he is not the only one as former club Everton and boyhood team Aston Villa are also keen.
One the move: Lescott has struggled to hold down a regular first team place at City this season
If QPR miss out on Lescott then they will turn their attentions to Everton’s Sylvain Distin.
Yesterday, Aston Villa were linked with the defender as owner Randy Lerner is set to back Lambert in the transfer window and an experienced central defender is the top target.
was born in the Midlands and grew up supporting Villa before playing
for Wolves, Everton and now City and is available for a move.
Villa bound Joleon Lescott could be set to leave Manchester City
Villa are just one point above the relegation zone and have conceded 17 goals in their last four games.
The 10million rated defender would
have to take a drop in his wages if he were to join his boyhood club as
Lerner is trying to reduce player salaries, and Villa would face
competition from both Everton and Sunderland who are also interested in
taking the 30-year-old.
would also have to negotiate a pay-off from City to leave the club –
just as Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland did.