Tottenham close to sealing loan deal for Joleon Lescott

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Tottenham are leading the race to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott on a six month loan deal - and could even complete the transfer before their FA Cup tie against Arsenal on Saturday.

The 31-year-old has been deprived of regular football this season, and is behind the likes of Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis in manager Manuel Pellegrini's thoughts.

Lescott has made just 13 appearances for Manchester City this season, including just eight starts in the Premier League.

According to the Telegraph, the Manchester City defender has been told that he can leave the Etihad Stadium following talks with Pellegrini after the 3-2 win over Swansea yesterday - and Tottenham are the favourites to secure his services on a temporary basis.

However they must fend off competition from the likes of Newcastle and Monaco, who also want to take the defender on for the remainder of the season.

Turkish outfit Besiktas are also in the running for the former Everton centre-back, but his preference to remain in the Premier League means that Tottenham hold the advantage - although the Telegraph add that Monaco is an 'attractive option' for Lescott.

Spurs look well stocked at centre-back with Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul all on their books - but a spate of injures recently left them exposed, with midfielder Etienne Capoue forced to drop back into the defensive line.

Vertonghen and Kaboul are both currently out injured, although the former is expected to make his return sooner rather than later.

Kaboul's absence however is a growing concern for Spurs. The Frenchman missed all but one game of the 2012/13 campaign through injury and has suffered a series of setbacks this term while trying to get back to full fitness.

The former Portsmouth defender has made just one Premier League start this season, and although he trained for the first time on Tuesday there are still some doubts over his ability to play competitive football on a regular basis.

Lescott, who signed for Manchester City in a deal worth £22 million in 2009, will be on the lookout for regular football ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

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