West Bromwich Albion: Joleon Lescott has medical at club

England defender Joleon Lescott is having a medical at West Bromwich Albion as the club move closer to signing the 31-year-old.

Albion are competing with Hull City and Stoke City to sign the centre-back, who played only 10 games in Manchester City's title-winning campaign.

West Brom hope to secure a deal by this weekend for the player, whose City contract has expired.

"It's at quite an advanced stage," said club chairman Jeremy Peace.

"He's in for a medical and we'd hope over the next 48 hours or so to tie up personal terms," Peace told BBC WM.

Lescott's West Midlands roots

  • Wolves academy product Joleon Lescott went to the same school, Four Dwellings Academy, in the Quinton area of Birmingham, as England striker Daniel Sturridge.
  • He grew up as a fan of Aston Villa, for whom his elder brother Aaron was on the books as a schoolboy before playing league football with Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Walsall.

Lescott previously worked with new Baggies head coach Alan Irvine in their days at Everton.

And he is also familiar with Irvine's assistant Rob Kelly and another member of the Baggies' backroom staff, Keith Downing, from their days together at Lescott's first club, Wolves.

Hull manager Steve Bruce is keen to bolster the FA Cup finalists' squad ahead of their forthcoming first Europa League campaign.

And Stoke boss Mark Hughes would welcome the chance to link up with the player he signed as Manchester City manager in 2009 for £22m.

The Birmingham-born defender has 26 England caps but has not played for his country since March 2013.