Last Updated: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:55
Besiktas are set to launch a last-ditch bid to try and snatch Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott from under the noses of West Ham.
The Turkish outfit have been linked with the England defender for some time and are reported to have already contacted the 31-year-old about a move in this transfer window.
Lescott has just six months left on his current contract at City and is therefore free to speak to any interested party outside of England.
Besiktas are hoping they can still make that work to their advantage and will offer Lescott an improved deal worth 2.2million euros per season in the hope of beating West Ham to his signature.
However, they appear to be fighting a losing battle as reports at the weekend indicated the Hammers had agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Lescott worth £90,000-a-week.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has refuted reports that Lescott is close to leaving the club and insists he won't consider a loan move for the defender if he does decide the former Everton star doesn't feature in his first-team plans.
"No, no. I am not talking about any loan at the moment," Pellegrini said.
"I repeat, when this transfer window is over at the end of January, we will see what happens. At the moment, Joleon will stay here with the team."
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