Report: Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott on verge of joining LA Galaxy

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The 33-year-old centre-back has only been at Villa for half a season following a deadline day move from West Bromwich Albion.

Joleon Lescott’s disappointing spell at Aston Villa could be coming to an end after just a little over four months, according to

The 33-year-old defender is reportedly on the verge of joining the LA Galaxy as a replacement for departed centre-back Omar Gonzalez, who was sold to Mexican side Pachuca last month after helping the club win three MLS Cup titles over the past five seasons.

A boyhood Villa fan, Lescott only joined the claret and blues on deadline day from Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion, but the former England international has since failed to replicate the form which saw him help the Baggies record 16 Premier League clean sheets last term.

The Birmingham-born stopper, who cost a reported £1 million rising to £2 million with add-ons, made seven straight league starts for his local club following his arrival, but his poor performances saw him endure a significant amount of criticism from fans during the team's worst-ever start to a top-flight campaign.

He was later dropped from the side upon manager Remi Garde’s appointment as Tim Sherwood’s successor in November, and while he has since broken back into the line-up in recent weeks thanks to some more settled showings, it looks as if the new boss sees him expendable amid his efforts to keep the Premier League bottom-dwellers' slim survival hopes alive.

As a non-Designated Player, the ex-Manchester City man could still prove a solid option for the Galaxy to partner alongside Brazilian stopper Leonardo in the heart of defence, but despite his vast experience and impressive résumé, his recent decline in form is an obvious concern at this stage of his career.

Nevertheless, having seen the success that MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers have had with the signing of fellow former Villa and Baggies stalwart Liam Ridgewell, perhaps LA boss Bruce Arena know what he’s doing.

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