West Ham are closing in on a long term deal to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, according to the Telegraph.

The Hammers have now succumbed to City’s demands and with the England defender out of contract in the summer, both sides are happy with the financials.

However, West Ham have been told to wait until the end of the month before they can  sign the former Everton man and that fact may scupper the deal.

The East-enders are desperate for centre backs as they played genuine centre halves together for the first time since Boxing Day in yesterday’s rare win over Cardiff – although James Tomkins was sent off after 60 minutes and is out of their next game against Newcastle.

The Hammers want Lescott to join before their next game but City are not prepared to sell until the end of the transfer window which may force Sam Allardyce into looking elsewhere.

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