Should City’s Premier League winner move to Besiktas?

Lescott And Barry

Besiktas are interested in signing Joleon Lescott, but should the Englishman move to Turkey?

Besiktas have confirmed that they are interested in signing Joleon Lescott in the summer.

The 31-year-old defender is out of contract at Manchester City at the end of the season and there are no indications that he will kept on at the Etihad Stadium.

The England international centre-back has been with the Citizens since 2009 when he made the move from Everton.

However, Lescott’s importance for City has dwindled over the past two years, thanks to injuries, poor form and the advent of better and more capable players in his position.

So when his contract with Manuel Pellegrini’s side comes to an end in June, he is very much likely to be heading towards the exit door.

And Besiktas will lie in wait for him.

The Turkish giants have been linked with a move for the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man, who has indicated in the past he remains open to playing his football outside Great Britain.

The club’s director of football Onder Ozen has now confirmed that they are interested in recruiting the 26-time capped England international.

“Lescott is still on our transfer wish list," The Sun quotes him as saying.

"Everything will become clear at the end of the season, players will be leaving and arriving but I don't want to disclose too much information yet."

It could prove to be a good move for Lescott, who, if he stays in England, is unlikely to be signed by a top-four club.

In Turkey, he will be working with manager Slaven Bilic and playing for a club who finished third in the Turkish Super Lig last season and are currently in the same position in 2013-14.

Besiktas are one of the three biggest clubs of Turkey and among the notable foreign players in their squad are Manuel Fernandes, Hugo Almeida, Julien Escude and Jermaine Jones.

Moreover, domestic Turkish football has seen the arrival of world famous players in recent years, such as Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Raul Meireles, Bruno Alves and Dirk Kuyt.

So a move to Turkey would not necessarily be a bad one for Lescott or send him to the footballing wilderness.

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