Besiktas claim City stopper talks

Last Updated: Thu, 01 May 2014 08:23
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Turkish side Besiktas claim they have been holding talks with Manchester City's outgoing defender Joleon Lescott about a summer move.

The 31-year-old England international is poised to depart the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season as his contract is due to expire and he has not been offered fresh terms having struggled for first-team action under City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

City have already been linked with moves for new central defenders to bring in for next season so the writing has been on the wall for Lescott over the past few months.

Besiktas' sporting director Onder Ozen confirmed early last month that they wanted to sign Lescott on a Bosman free transfer, while the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa are all vying to keep him in the Premier League.

However a move to Turkey would almost certainly be more lucrative for Lescott and a club official has been quoted saying they have held preliminary talks with the player about a possible summer deal. But he also confirmed that, at this moment in time, Lescott has not agreed to sign for them.

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