Report: Aston Villa increase bid for West Brom's Joleon Lescott after initial rejection

Aston Villa are reportedly still pursuing West Bromwich Albion defender Joleon Lescott.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa have made a second bid for West Bromwich Albion defender Joleon Lescott, having had an initial bid rejected last week.

Villa have signed three defenders already this summer, with manager Tim Sherwood bringing in Micah Richards, Jose Crespo and Jordan Amavi - but it seems that the Villa boss is still keen to add more defensive reinforcements.

Last week, the Birmingham Mail reported that Villa had made a bid to sign West Brom defender Lescott - only for the Baggies to immediately reject the bid.

The 32-year-old centre back only arrived at The Hawthorns last summer, but his impressive displays since joining from Manchester City on a free transfer appear to have attracted interest.

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that West Brom were hoping to extend Lescott's contract in the face of interest from Villa - but now, the Daily Mail suggest that Villa have doubled their bid from £1m to £2m, in a valiant bid to take the veteran to Villa Park.

Having allowed Ron Vlaar to leave Villa Park earlier this summer, Sherwood is in need of an experienced Premier League centre back - and Lescott fits the bill.

West Brom will be desperate to keep the former England international after his impressive debut season at the club, but Villa's increased bid may cause them to rethink their initial stance over Lescott's future at the club.

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