Stoke City Target Cut-Price £2.5m January Move For Unsettled Manchester City Centre Back

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Potters boss Hughes wants to work again with the Englishman. 

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Premier League strugglers Stoke City are hoping to be able to sign out-of-favour Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott in a cut-price £2 million deal when the winter transfer window opens again at the turn of the year, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.

The occasional England international has only been used as a bit-part player so far at Eastlands by new City head coach Manuel Pellegrini, with the experienced Chilean trainer instead preferring to utilise the likes of Matija Nastasic and recent new signing Martin Demichelis as captain Vincent Kompany’s central defensive partner in the north west.

In fact, Pellegrini has even on occasion gone with midfield player Javi Garcia over Lescott as one of his central defenders, with the Englishman’s days at the club now appearing to be limited, to say the very least.

And with recently appointed Potters manager Mark Hughes being the man who initially signed Lescott for City from Everton back in 2009 for a whopping £22 million, it is is understood that the Welshman is now keen to once again be reunited with the player at the Britannia stadium.

However, the one major sticking point to Stoke being able to conclude a successful deal for Lescott come January remains the 31-year-old’s current £90,000-per-week salary, which the player will have to take a cut in if he wants to work with Hughes again.

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