Height, power and quality at centre-back is essential to the West Ham game plan. The likes of James Collins, Winston Reid and James Tomkins have performed well this season but the heart of the Hammers defence could certainly do with an experienced upgrade.
When it comes to bosman signings, there’s no better option on the market in that regard than Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott.
The Etihad side splashed out a whopping £22million on the former Everton defender back in 2009, and two years later he formed a title-winning centre-back partnership with Vincent Kompany.
But the 31 year-old’s influence at Eastlands has continually waned since, and having made just seven Premier League starts this season looks destined for new horizons when his contract comes to an end in the summer.
A 26-cap England international, relatively experienced on the Champions League scene and measuring in at 6 foot 2, the commanding defender ticks all the boxes.
West Ham tried to snap up the ex-Wolves man on a loan deal in the January window to no avail. But the Hammers could have more luck in the summer now that their Premier League status is all but mathematically secure.
Wages could be an issue however – the tabloids believe Lescott could demand as much as £90k per week, which would unsettle the wage structure at Upton Park somewhat.