West Bromwich Albion are currently in talks with Joleon Lescott, as newly appointed boss Alan Irvine aims to make him his first summer signing, Daily Mail reports.

The manager has already worked with the Manchester City centre back during their time at Everton as he admits to having a great working relationship. 

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Irvine said: “There is an interest in Joleon. He is a player I know well. We had a lot of years together at Everton. I’ve had a great working relationship with Joleon in past. I saw him at the end of season when Everton were playing Manchester City. I didn’t know this would happen otherwise I might have had a start.

“There are a number of issues. Joleon has said he would be more than happy to work with me again. If that helps then fantastic. You’ve got to know personality, the character of  a player; I know him really well and have no doubts on that side. He’s a terrific professional and the more of them we can have the better.

“I believe the negotiations are going very well at this moment so hopefully we are able to meet Joleon’s demands. That’s the kind of calibre of player we would love to bring in.”

Lescott, 31, made only 13 appearances for City the previous season and will play out his current contract, making him a free agent at the end of the month.

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