Liverpool have been linked with a surprise swoop for unsettled Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, who has recently revealed his displeasure at being a fringe player.
Lescott was one of the first major signings City made after being taken over by Sheik Mansour, moving to Manchester for £22 million.
Speaking recently about his role in the Manchester City side, he said: “I’m not happy with the situation. I don’t enjoy sitting on the bench, and sometimes not even making the bench.”
The 28-year-old joined the Citizens from Liverpool’s arch-rivals so, considering his age and expected asking price, may not be welcomed but he is still part of the England set up and highly thought of.
City have admitted they are willing to take big losses on fringe players like Shaun Wright Phillips, Emmanuel Adebayor and Shay Given, but have not mentioned Lescott.
The former Wolves skipper has now slipped well down the pecking order at Eastlands under Roberto Mancini, with Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany preferred starters and youngster Dederick Boyata emerging as back up.
And Roy Hodgson wants to take advantage of Lescott’s situation and bring him back to Merseyside, but will have to hope Manchester City will take a cut price deal.
Liverpool’s new owners have outlined their preferences in the transfer market, though, and have suggested their manager concentrate on bringing young prospects to the club.
One ‘world class’, big money player is likely to move to Anfield but that is likely to be a left winger, rather than a centre back.