Report: Joleon Lescott to sign new contract to stay at West Brom despite interest

West Brom will reportedly secure Joleon Lescott to a new contract.

According to Sky Sports, West Brom defender Joleon Lescott is set to sign a new contract at The Hawthorns despite interest from elsewhere.

Lescott, 32, signed for the Baggies on a free transfer from Manchester City last summer having fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium - and his impressive displays have seemingly attracted admiring glances.

Reports from the Birmingham Mail last week suggested that West Brom had rejected a bid from Aston Villa for Lescott, with the Baggies clearly keen to keep the former England international at The Hawthorns.

Now, in response to that bid from Villa, Sky Sports Transfer Centre (19:34) report that West Brom are poised to lie Lescott down to a new contract, renewing his deal past it's current expiration of 2016.

Having signed James Chester from Hull City earlier this summer, manager Tony Pulis looks to have a settled centre back pairing ahead of the new Premier League season, with Lescott providing vital Premier League experience to the West Brom side.

That now leaves Villa still on the hunt for an experienced Premier League defender even after signing Micah Richards earlier this summer, though whether Tim Sherwood believes Spaniard Jose Crespo can fill that role remains to be seen.

With the likes of Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Veretout all new to the Premier League, having a wily veteran like Lescott could have been vital for Villa - but he now looks set to stay at West Brom instead.

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