Report: Sunderland enter race to sign West Brom defender Joleon Lescott

Sunderland are rivalling Aston Villa to sign the West Brom centre-back.

According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland have entered the race to sign Joleon Lescott from West Brom, with the defender free to leave the Hawthorns when another defender is brought in.

Tony Pulis has made it a priority to sign another centre-back before the close of the transfer window, with the report stating Jonny Evans is at the top of his list.

Lescott was poor during the opening game of the season, and the 33-year-old has since been left out of the team for the following two games. It appears as if his career at the Hawthorns is now over, and with just one year left on his contact, Pulis wants to sell him for a transfer fee rather than lose Lescott for free next summer.

Sunderland are the second Premier League side linked with the 33-year-old, with the report stating that Aston Villa retain their interest in him, having already failed in a £1 million approach.

Dick Advocaat is looking for further reinforcements at the Stadium of Light, and despite already bringing in an experienced Premier League defender in Younes Kaboul, he believes Lescott could be a great option to shore up the leaky Black Cats defence.

With the Baggies looking to wrap up their next defensive signing in the coming days, Lescott will be free to leave the Midlands club, and it will be up to him to decide between joining either Sunderland or Aston Villa.

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