Joleon Lescott will be allowed to leave Manchester City before the close of the transfer window, if the club can sign a replacement, according to the Guardian.

Lescott has found first team football hard to come by at the Etihad this season, and reports have suggested City are in the market for a top class partner for Vincent Kompany.

Manuel Pellegrini has been forced to rotate between Lescott, Nemanja Nastasic and Martin Demichelis this season, and has been unimpressed by what he has seen.

London duo West Ham and Fulham are both eager to sign Lescott to help them in their respective relegation battles.

West Ham are understood to have made Lescott an offer that will see his £90,000 a week wages matched at Upton Park, with an offer of £70,000 a week should the club suffer relegation.

It is unclear whether Fulham are willing to match those terms for the 31-year-old, who is desperate for regular first team football to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.

But City will only let the England defender leave if they manage to sign a replacement.

Pellegrini is understood to have shown an interest in Porto duo Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi, as well as Bayern Munich centre back Dante, who is also believed to be a target for Manchester United.

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