Turkish giants Besiktas look to be in hot pursuit of Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, according to the Daily Mirror.
The England defender's contract expires this summer after he made the move from Merseyside to Manchester back in 2009 when he penned a deal which is estimated to be around £90,000 a week.
The 31-year-old has spent four years with the former champions and is free to talk to other clubs as City do not look to be in a rush to negotiate a new contract for the England international.
Ahmet Kavalci, a member of the Besiktas board let the cat out of the bag when he was quoted as saying: "We are negotiating with Manchester City over defender Joleon Lescott. There will be some important development about this on Thursday."
After being a constant figure at Manchester City at the back alongside Vincent Kompany throughout their title winning campaign Lescott has made just 12 appearances this season.
The defender is facing stiff competition for a place in the squad with hot prospects such as United pair Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as well as the likes of Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Tottenham's exciting 23-year-old Kyle Walker.
Lescott will be on the hunt for regular first-team football in the second half of the season as he searches for an England call up but how would a move away from the Etihad effect his chances of booking his ticket to Brazil?
With his contenders for places in the England set up all regulars in their clubs starting 11 on a consistent basis a change of scenery could be crucial in both the short and long term for Birmingham-born Lescott.
A move to Turkey could prove to be a master stroke with the Süper Lig managing to attract some of the biggest names in European football over the past couple of years with the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder both applying their trade in Turkey.
If Lescott was to go to he may perform well however it could appear to a case of a big fish in a small pond by deploying all his years of experience in the top flight in a league in a league where the standard of football is not considered to be of the high quality of the likes of Spain and England.
With Lescott not getting any younger it could be a chance worth taking should the opportunity arise and make a name for himself over in Turkey to gain a place in the World Cup squad.
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