Joleon Lescott could be next to join MLS

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Joleon Lescott has been without a team for all of about 2 days since his contract expired at Manchester City, but the former England defender could be set to follow in the footsteps of Jermain Defoe, Clint Dempsey and potentially Frank Lampard in leaving the Premier League to join Major League Soccer.

According to former United States national team striker and now-ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, the 31-year old has been offered a deal by the Portland Timbers that would make him the highest paid defensive player in the league.

Twellman, who is often the first in the US to break such MLS stories, says that the Timbers are offering the two-time Premier League champion a contract in the range of 2-3 million dollars a year to shore up their defense.

Multiple EPL teams are also in the running to sign the centre half including Harry Redknapp's newly promoted QPR, along with Lescott's boyhood club Aston Villa who are apparently set to offer the Midlander a chance to come home.

Whatever happens, Lescott is incredibly unlikely to make anywhere near the amount of money that he was on at City and is looking at a big pay cut from the alleged £100,000 a week he was making at the Etihad - hardly proving value for money considering his 8 EPL appearances as he won the League for a second time.

The Timbers just traded defender Futty Danso to the Montreal Impact freeing up a space on the roster that needs to be replaced. Getting Lescott in would be a massive upgrade on the Gambia international but head coach Caleb Porter would need to move quickly to get the Englishman in.  

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