Man City star could make MLS free transfer move

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Joleon Lescott is keeping his options open following his release from Manchester City, despite talk of an enticing offer from Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers.

The England international finds himself a free agent this summer after his contract at Eastlands expired, and according to former USA international Taylor Twellman there is an incoming bid from the North West Pacific.

This lucrative deal would reportedly make the 31-year-old the best-paid defender in the division, where he would join fellow Three Lions teammate Jermain Defoe who currently plies his trade for Toronto FC.

Lescott is remaining open-minded though, as he told CityTV in an emotional final interview as a City player.

"As you get older you obviously get more mature, and I consult with them [his family] on every decision. No disrespect to them but I didn't need to ask for their approval when I was moving here [to City] - it was a no-brainer."

He added: "The next opportunity might not be as glamorous, but I'll make sure that it's exciting for me and my family."

The former Everton man has been linked with a move back to Goodison Park, as well as West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and boyhood club Aston Villa, and he feels he still has something to offer in the Premier League.

"I still feel I can play at this [Premier League] level, I don't see why I can't. I still feel I can play for City, but unfortunately it's not going to happen."

But even if the Timbers are able to fight off competition from English clubs, they may still miss out on the Birmingham-born centre-back who has held talks with Turkish pair Besiktas and Galatasaray - where former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is in charge.

Lescott made 160 appearances in five years with the Citizens, winning two league titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup. He also has 26 international caps, and has scored once for his country - a header against France at Euro 2012.

Speculation that the £24 million man could be headed to Portland has been heightened by the departure of Gambia defender Futty Danso to the Montreal Impact.

The 31-year-old had been at Providence Park since the club were part of the USL First Division back in 2009.

His trade to the Impact came in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, and head coach Caleb Porter now has the opportunity to add another defender to his roster in what could be a busy summer for the Timbers.

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