West Ham's move for Lescott given hope

Manchester City could be prepared to let the England international center back move to Upton Park before the window shuts if the club can land Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.
West Ham’s hopes of signing Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott could be resurrected before the close of the transfer window on Friday.

The 31-year-old has already agreed in principle to join West Ham’s battle against relegation, having been told the east Londoners will match his 90,000 pounds-a-week wage until the end of the season, at which time the club will offer him a three-year contract on 50,000 pounds-a-week should the team stay up.

However, City has been reluctant to sanction a sale until the club brings in a replacement, for fear that the squad could be stretched in the second half of the season.

It is understood, though, that City is increasingly keen to grant Lescott’s wish to leave for more regular first-team football. The former England international’s professional approach to training and commitment to the club has ensured a sympathetic view of his situation among the club’s hierarchy.

City’s ambitious pursuit of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala could also speed up Lescott’s departure as boss Manuel Pellegrini looks to strengthen his defensive options.

The Eastlands outfit has launched a stunning £38 million bid to bring the 22-year-old Frenchman to the club this week as City looks to step up its title pursuit in the second half of the season.

It is thought such a move still has a long way to go before completion, with Porto mindful that a bidding war this summer could ensue if the club hangs on to Mangala, with Chelsea and Manchester United also having shown interest.

Still, Lescott’s camp is hopeful a resolution can be found either way, even with just over two days left of the window.