LA Galaxy closing in on Aston Villa defender – report

LA Galaxy are preparing to step up their winter transfer plans as the new season draws closer, with the latest reports suggesting the club are closing in on Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott.

The 33-year-old centre back only joined Villa on deadline day in the summer but the club’s calamitous Premier League campaign means they may need to cash in on some of the bigger earners as they prepare for the prospect of life in the Championship next term.

The Galaxy are believed to monitoring Lescott’s situation closely and want to bring him in to fill the void left by Omar Gonzalez’s departure, with a deal reportedly close, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

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A move to Los Angeles would see Lescott join up with former Premier League stars Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, who along with Giovani Dos Santos, fill the club’s three Designated Player slots.

As a result, Lescott would not be able to join on a DP contract and so the Galaxy would likely need to use a large chunk or Targeted Allocation Money to secure his services.

The former Manchester City and Everton defender has 18 months left on his Villa contract but reports indicate that the Galaxy are exploring how they can bring him in before the end of January.

As well as targeting Lescott, the Western Conference outfit are said to still be interested in Ashley Cole, while AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong is also being monitored.

Would Joleon Lescott be a good signing for the LA Galaxy? Should Aston Villa allow him to leave if an offer is tabled?


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