Tottenham and Liverpool have been put on alert after Joleon Lescott admitted that he is growing frustrated with life on the bench at Manchester City.
Lecott was at the centre of an acrimonious transfer between City and former club Everton when allegations of tapping up were levelled at the Eastlands club and the player himself had to force through the move despite the Toffees no wanting to sell. His signing for £24m made him the third most expensive defender in the world yet he has struggled for game time under Roberto Mancini.
Both Spurs and Liverpool are keen to bolster their back line with quality and experience and the former Wolves man ticks both boxes. Harry Redknapp has a catalogue of injuries while Roy Hodgson knows he needs to find a long term successor for Jamie Carragher, 33, who is beginning a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
While at Everton he made his reputation alongside Phil Jagielka as a player with pace and excellent timing in the tackle. At 28 years old, Lecott should be in his prime so sitting amongst the substitutes is not what he fancies and would jump at the chance of joining another big club in the Premier League.
City know that they would take a hot on the price they paid for his services but if he was to depart, they would still demand in the region of £14m.