Earlier today on Twitter, ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman reported that current free agent Joleon Lescott has been offered the chance to play in MLS with the Portland Timbers.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) June 2, 2014
The Birmingham-born defender has finished the season with English Premier League side Manchester City, after a campaign in which he won two trophies, the League Cup and Premier League in his final season with the club.
The news comes after Futty Danso’s move from Portland Timbers to Montreal Impact was also announced today. It posed question marks over the centre back positions and the availability of Lescott would certainly fill the hole.
The Timbers only have one designated player in Argentine Diego Valeri, and so adding the former Everton man is a real possibility.Embed from Getty Images
In July 2010 Lescott was part of a Manchester City team that played against the Timbers at Merlo Field.
The move would also see the England defender take a significant pay cut but he would become the highest paid DP defender in MLS history.
His former clubs include Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he is reportedly attracting interest from clubs such as Queens Park Rangers, Turkish club Besiktas and Aston Villa, the club he supported as a boy.
The two time Premier League winner would be a great addition to any team, especially a side in MLS, and he would be the second British player to turn out for Timbers if he made the move after Scottish striker Kris Boyd made the switch in 2012.