Joleon Lescott

Joleon Lescott

Micah Richards could soon find himself joined at Upton Park fellow England and Manchester City outcast Joleon Lescott, who was hotly tipped as a West Ham target in January.

The 6 foot 2 defender was part of a Premier League title-winning centre-back partnership with Vincent Kompany back in 2012, but his influence at Eastlands has continually waned since and he’s now been officially released by the Citizens.

The Hammers are hardly short of quality at the heart of defence, but with rumours rife that Winston Reid could be leaving this summer, the 31 year-old has been billed a potential replacement.

He offers a wealth of experience, boasting 230 top flight outings, 26 caps for the Three Lions and having plied his trade at Champions League level for the last four years.

Now a free agent, Lescott certainly strikes value for money, but recent speculation suggests Hull City have already offered him a yet-to-be-accepted contract for next season.