Allardyce confirms City stopper interest

Last Updated: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:35

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he "would like" to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott in this transfer window.

The 31-year-old central defender is keen to leave the Etihad Stadium to bolster his World Cup chances after City boss Manuel Pellegrini made it abundantly clear that he was no longer a first-choice name at the club.

The ex-Everton defender has struggled for Premier League starts this season, but remains behind Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis in the list of partners for skipper Vincent Kompany.

Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle were leading the chase of domestic clubs, but there has also been some interest from abroad with Besiktas and Monaco ready to enter the bidding.

West Ham have also been linked after Everton's Johnny Heitinga turned down a move to east London last week and Allardyce confirmed his interest following his side's 5-0 FA Cup mauling at Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

He said: "I don't know if Joleon is available, but if it is possible I would like to get him."

Allardyce has since snapped up Roger Johnson on loan from Wolves but he might still pursue Lescott because of ongoing injuries to Winston Reid, James Collins and James Tomkins.

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