Midlands latest: WBA confirm interest in Lescott; Ex-Villa star thinks club will struggle

We bring you the latest news from West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Stoke City and Leicester City

We bring you all the biggest news involving the clubs in the Midlands that has broken in the last 24 hours.

1) West Brom interested in Joleon Lescott

West Bromwich Albion are keen on signing Joleon Lescott, new manager Alan Irvine has revealed in his first press-conference.

Lescott is a free-agent after his contract at Premier League champions Manchester City expired and he is now looking for a new club.

He was expected to sign for Hull City earlier this week, but has rejected an offer from the Tigers which has alerted Baggies to his availability.

West Brom are known to be looking for defensive recruits as they look to strengthen their team for next season and it is thought that Lescott could become Irvine’s first signing as West Brom manager.

2) Burnley looking to sign David Nugent

Burnley are looking to sign Leicester City striker David Nugent, according to reports.

Nugent’s contract expires this summer and, despite being offered a new deal by his current club, there is a worry that he will not sign it.

As a result, Burnley have looked to capitalise by making their interest in the clinical striker known.

Nugent has already had a spell at Burnley, when they were last in the Premier League, so will know what the club is about. They will need to use that to their advantage too, with the likes of Hull, West Ham and Swansea also interested.

3) Leicester City’s hopes of signing Leonardo Ulloa dashed

Leicester City transfer target Leonardo Ulloa could be set to stay with current club Brighton and Hove Albion, as manager Sami Hyypia is keen to keep the front-man.

Ulloa has been the subject of Leicester interest for much of the transfer window so far, but Brighton have rejected all the newly promoted club’s offers for the powerful striker.

And they have been dealt a further blow today, as Hyypia has said that he is intent on keeping the Argentine at the club for next season.

“Last season goalscoring was a problem and that is something that needs to be looked at,” Hyypia said to the Argus. “The club has rejected a few offers for him [Ulloa]. I need to talk to him. Hopefully he will stay.”

4) Fomer Villa star Dwight Yorke thinks club will struggle this season

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke believes that Paul Lambert’s side could be in danger of relegation next season.

He has not been impressed by the signings of Joe Cole and Phillipe Senderos and feels that the club need to excite the fans more if they are to improve on last season’s showing.

“I can see Villa struggling again,” he said to Sky Sports. “They haven’t had enough quality within that football club to mount a challenge and it’s going to be another tough season for Aston Villa.

“I fear the worst for Aston Villa. I can’t see them really mounting a challenge or being in the top half of the Premier League. I really do see them struggling.”

5) Peter Coates rules out Stoke move for Joleon Lescott… for the time being

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has quashed rumours that the club are on the verge of making an offer to out-of-contract defender Joleon Lescott.

Stoke have been linked with the England international in recent times, but Coates says that the club are not trying to sign the defender at the moment.

He didn’t rule out a move for the defender totally, however, as he admitted that the transfer window is a very unpredictable.

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