West Bromwich Albion: Joleon Lescott has medical at club

By Pat MurphyBBC Radio 5 live
Joleon Lescott
Joleon Lescott has previously played for Wolves, Everton and Manchester City

England defender Joleon Lescott is having a medical at West Bromwich Albion as the club move closer to signing the 31-year-old.

Albion are competing with Hull City and Stoke City to sign the centre-back, who played only 10 games in Manchester City's title-winning campaign.

West Brom hope to secure a deal by this weekend for the player, whose City contract has expired.

"It's at quite an advanced stage," said club chairman Jeremy Peace.

"He's in for a medical and we'd hope over the next 48 hours or so to tie up personal terms," Peace told BBC WM.

Lescott previously worked with new Baggies head coach Alan Irvine in their days at Everton.

And he is also familiar with Irvine's assistant Rob Kelly and another member of the Baggies' backroom staff, Keith Downing, from their days together at Lescott's first club, Wolves.

Hull manager Steve Bruce is keen to bolster the FA Cup finalists' squad ahead of their forthcoming first Europa League campaign.

And Stoke boss Mark Hughes would welcome the chance to link up with the player he signed as Manchester City manager in 2009 for £22m.

The Birmingham-born defender has 26 England caps but has not played for his country since March 2013.