Manchester City outcast Joleon Lescott is reportedly a target for Harry Redknapp’s Queen’s Park Rangers as speculation on his future continues to mount, according to reports circulating this weekend.
The former Everton defender arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2009 for a hefty £22 million price tag. Despite receiving international recognition and being selected for the England squad at Euro 2012, Lescott has slipped down the pecking order at City.
With his current contract set to be allowed to expire, and with no extension forthcoming after being cut from Manuel Pellegrini’s plans, the 31 year-old is available on a free transfer. Redknapp is tempted by this opportunity and weighing up a move to bring him to Loftus Road in order to strengthen QPR’s squad ahead of the new campaign.
Any moves are likely to be dictated by QPR’s promotion bid; with the R’s wage bill already running sky high, eclipsing that of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, chairman Tony Fernandes will not want to risk the club long-term future any more than necessary, as the club have already overseen a recent spell of massive overspending.