Lescott is being looked at by several clubs outside the Premier League.  (©GettyImages)
Lescott is being looked at by several clubs outside the Premier League. (©GettyImages).

Joleon Lescott linked with move to Schalke 04

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Schalke are rumoured to be interested in signing England defender, Joleon Lescott, this summer, according to reports. 

The Manchester City defender is looking for a new challenge after his contract expired at the end of this season and there are a number of clubs outside the Premier League keen to sign him. 

Last week the 31-year-old tweeted out about his next move stating: "Still undecided about my future but questions over my hunger for next season disappoint me I will never represent a team and give less than 100percent."

It has been a poor campaign for the Englishman, having played just 10 games for the Premier League champions this season. In 2009, the ex-Everton defender signed for City for a fee of £22million and after five years has made 92 appearances. 

His value has dramatically fallen having played so little football this season, being ousted out of the team by Martin Demichelis and failing to make the World Cup squad. 

Schalke, who finished fourth in the Bundesliga and have earned themselves a Champions League spot, are looking to increase their defensive options in order to poise a challenge for a place in the top three next season. Benedikt Howedes and Felipe Santana are the side's main pairing but Lescott could play an ideal supporting role behind these two. 

This move has major constraints and with Lescott already settled in England with his family and it is unlikely he will chance a move to the Bundesliga, despite the questions of his desire to compete. 

A source close to the player told Sky Sports: "Joleon is in no rush to make a decision over his future and is considering all options available to him.

"He will decide what is the best option for his career and his family."

Aston Villa are another club interested in the England International who is also a Villa fan and was brought up in Birmingham. He is high on Paul Lambert's wish list, however it will be difficult for the club to match his wages. West Ham are also interested in the City exile. 

Outside of European football, American side, Portland Timbers, are also looking into the centre back and with the defender's career coming to a close, Lescott might fancy heading across the pond to end his career at the footballing retirement home that is the MLS. David Villa earlier this week completed a move to the newly born, New York City and there is rumours that Frank Lampard could join him there. 

Arab side, Al Ain, also known for their star man, Asamoah Gyan, are also set to make a bid. 

The free agent has plenty of options on the table. The 31-year-old has expressed that he is prepared to take a pay cut in order to get back on the pitch and playing again. It is unlikely that he will be able to challenge for an England place in the future and so a move abroad might be better suited. 

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