Should Lescott seal a deadline day move from Manchester City?

The central defender is reportedly set to see out the remaining six months on his contract in a blow to suitors such as West Ham United.

Joleon Lescott appears set to stay with Manchester City and see out the six months that remain on his Eastlands deal in what will surely deal a blow to West Ham United on deadline day.

The former Wolves and Everton defender was earmarked by Manuel Pellegrini as one of the more dispensable members of the City squad but, with City reportedly exploring the idea of a move for Porto's Eliaquim Mangala to bolster his defensive ranks Lescott's future had looked uncertain.

Nevertheless, the Daily Mirror are reporting that he will shun the advances of the likes of the Hammers, Fulham and even the possibility of a final payday in Turkey with Besiktas.

The writing would appear to be on the wall at the Etihad Stadium for current fourth-choice Lescott, but he is determined to fight for his future. Whether it is the right move or not, you have to applaud the centre-back for his determination and desire to succeed with City.

Lescott could ultimately secure a Premier League title winners' medal by securing a few more appearances and with City in such imperious form of late, it can hardly be ruled out.

But the presences of Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis respectively, not to mention the prospective acquisition of Mangala, will leave Lescott's first-team chances limited at best as he finds himself well down the pecking order.

The idea of securing guaranteed first-team football and playing a part in West Ham's battle against relegation must surely hold some pull for a man who would appear to still have an outside shot at a place in England's 2014 World Cup squad.

Staying put at the Etihad would appear to put paid to any lingering aspirations of securing a spot in Roy Hodgson's 23 but failure to complete a switch elsewhere in the final hours of the transfer window would be of detriment to not just Lescott but City too, with Pellegrini's side having to fork out the wages of a player deemed surplus to requirements.

While the Premier League defensive stalwart should rightly be lauded for his attitude towards forcing his way into Pellegrini's thoughts, the best outcome for each of the two parties would surely be an exit.

Lescott would make a great signing for many teams in the Premier League. He should realise the opportunity to get out and start over sooner rather than later.

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