Report: Leeds United weigh up major move for Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott

Leeds are interested in Joleon Lescott.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in action with Aston Villa's Joleon LescottArsenal's Jack Wilshere in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott

Leeds United are considering a move for Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott, The Telegraph report.

The centre-back has reportedly been told he can leave Villa Park by manager Roberto di Matteo, and the club are willing to let him leave on a free transfer.

Lescott had a miserable season at Villa last season, part of a relegated side which won only three games.

Southampton's Shane Long in action with Aston Villa's Joleon LescottSouthampton's Shane Long in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott

As one of the more experienced players in the squad he was one who copped plenty of flak as more was expected from him after his move from West Brom in 2015.

He then suffered PR gaffes where he was involved with public arguments with former Villa player Stan Collymore, and 'accidentally' tweeted a picture of his Aston Martin car after a heavy defeat, giving the impression he did not care about the abuse he was receiving.

Manchester City's Joleon Lescott (L) and West Ham's Thomas Hitzlsperger in actionManchester City's Joleon Lescott (L) and West Ham's Thomas Hitzlsperger in action

A move away from Villa Park would be to his and the club's benefit, while for Leeds it could be a good move too given their need for an additional centre-back.

Lescott, 33, is a Premier League winner with Manchester City, and will be keen to prove a point, potentially benefitting from dropping down a division.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Watford's Odion IghaloAston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Watford's Odion Ighalo

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