Baggies boss Steve Clarke chasing Man City duo.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke is also keen on striking a deal with Manchester City for defender Joleon Lescott, whilst also chasing Scott Sinclair, it has emerged.
The Baggies’ interest in Sinclair is well documented, with Clarke confirming his interest in the former Swansea winger in the last few days, though it appears he will also try to lure England defender Lescott away from the Etihad Stadium as well.
Both players have had frustrating times at City last season, spending much of the campaign on the bench and out of the first-team picture under former manager Roberto Mancini, and there is no suggestion that new boss Manuel Pellegrini will be any different.
The Chilean has brought in further new signings in attack, limiting Sinclair’s chances even more, and he is also known to be unhappy with his central defensive options, and is looking to push through a deal for Real Madrid’s Pepe in the next few days.
Sinclair only joined the club last summer on the back of an impressive season with Swansea, but made only 11 appearances for Mancini’s side in the Premier League, many of them as a substitute.
He has been linked with the likes of Liverpool this summer, as well as with a return to the Liberty Stadium, though West Brom now appear to be the frontrunners for his signature, and will look to add him to impressive summer signings Nicolas Anelka and Matej Vydra upfront.
Lescott would also be a useful addition at the Hawthorns, though he may have to take a considerable wage cut to join the club. The former Everton defender was initially an important player at City, playing a big part in their Premier League title win of 2011/12 and becoming a regular for England during this period.
It is unclear if the 30-year-old would therefore accept a move to West Brom, and he has recently expressed a hope that he can earn a new contract at City and force his way into Pellegrini’s plans.
Indeed, he may soon be the only option at the back for City, who have just lost Matija Nastasic to injury, and who continue to be foiled in their attempts to sign a new defender. A move for Real Madrid’s Pepe has not yet materialised, and another of their targets, Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, is also wanted by Barcelona, and would supposedly favour a move to the Spanish champions.
Lescott was a boyhood fan of West Brom’s local rivals Aston Villa, and also started his career at another of their rivals, Wolves.