Aston Villa flop Lescott plays for reserves; Leeds reportedly only side to have shown interest

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott looks dejected with Leandro Bacuna

The ex England defender is said to be available on a free transfer.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott goes off injuredAston Villa's Joleon Lescott

Joleon Lescott played for for the Aston Villa Under-23 side on Monday afternoon, underlining that the two-time Premier League winner is very much out of the first team picture at the club.

Lescott played against his former side Wolves according to the Villa Twitter account, featuring for just over an hour as they lost 1-0.

He is rumoured to be available on a free transfer to interested clubs despite having a year left to run on his deal, though a Sky Sports report suggests the only outfit to have held an interest in him is Leeds United, who themselves are struggling in the early fixtures of the Championship.

The former England defender has endured a torrid time at the team he supported as a youngster, after joining from rivals West Brom where he had impressed following his Manchester City release.

Aston Villa fans hold up a banner directed at Joleon LescottAston Villa fans hold up a banner directed at Joleon Lescott

Lescott played 31 times last season in Villa's disastrous Premier League campaign, which saw the club relegated for the first time since the formation of the league in 1992. The 33-year-old also was involved in a number of disputes with supporters via social media and pitch side, which did little to endear him to a fan base smarting from their club's poor performances.

Though his recent season with Villa was a huge disappointment and his early days under Roberto Di Matteo seem to indicate his Lions career is over, Lescott is certainly of an age where he would still have something to offer at an ambitious Championship club like Leeds - even though reports suggest interest from Yorkshire may have cooled somewhat (Birmingham Mail).

The centre back was a regular in the England squad between 2007 and 2013, winning 26 caps and taking part in the European Championships in 2012.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Garry Monk would know that, alongside his own defensive experience, the key to getting success from Lescott would be motivating him and providing an opportunity for him to enjoy his football again.

Leeds have lost their opening two games in the league, but have a squad that should be competing in the Championship - if the Whites could negotiate Lescott's wages to an acceptable level, they would benefit from such an experienced addition.

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