Spurs line up England international to shore up defence

Despite their 2-1 win at Old Trafford last night, Spurs are still in need of defensive reinforcements, and could take Joleon Lescott to White Hart Lane.

Tim Sherwood's side defended doggedly in their win over Manchester United, even without injured centre back Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian's absence has left Spurs short in the heart of defence, with midfielder Etienne Capoue filling in on occasion, and whilst the development of Romanian Vlad Chiriches has been a welcome boost to the club, a central defender has to be a priority in the transfer window for Sherwood.

Michael Dawson has been a reliable servant to Tottenham since his 2005 move from Nottingham Forest, but fans are wary of his lack of pace which has hurt the team on a number of occasions this season.

And now, the availability of England international Lescott could spring Spurs into transfer market action, with the 31 year old no doubt still harbouring hopes of breaking back into Roy Hodgson's England squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The arrival of Martin Demichelis has pushed Lescott slightly down the pecking order at Manchester City, and whilst the former Everton man started in the 2-1 win over Liverpool on Boxing Day, rumours persist that Lescott will be allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium in search of first team football.

Turkish side Besiktas have been strongly linked with a move for Lescott, but the prospect of remaining in the Premier League in a World Cup year is likely to appeal to the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man more than a trip to Turkey, where he would be out of the limelight in a time where he needs to demonstrate his ability to Hodgson.

A six month loan deal now looks likely for Lescott, and a move to North London would certainly improve the Tottenham defence, as Lescott offers a physical, imposing presence in the heart of defence that Spurs possibly lack right now. At 31 years old, Lescott is unlikely to be a long-term solution for Tottenham, but would help shore up a defence that conceded 11 goals in games against Manchester City and Liverpool.

A short term stay would enable Lescott to get back to top form, and potentially set up a permanent move in the summer, but Sherwood certainly needs to add a centre back if he is to prolong his great start as Spurs manager.

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