Aston Villa finally wrapped up the signing of WBA’s Joleon Lescott on a two-year deal that gets the centre-back a chance to finish his career playing for the club he supported as a kid. Initially the fee will be one million with another million of add-ons.
At 33, Lescott will be valuable addition to a youthful looking Villa backline. Lets not forget that Manchester City paid £22m+ for his services when they bought him from Everton back in 2009, which suggests the level of centre-back he is. He may lack for pace, but his experience should mean his arrival upgrades Villa defensive options.
Also in today is Serbian goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, 18, on a three-year deal from Belgian club Anderlecht. Anderlecht, who famously were Villa’s 1982 European Cup semi-final opponents, have a decent track record of producing quality players over the years, including developing the likes of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
How serious Villa’s search for another striker is remains to be seen. Dimitar Berbatov has been cited as a back-up option, with no urgency to sign him before 6pm due to his free agent status. Will he get a better wage offer than Aston Villa’s? Certainly not in the Premier League.
Lets see what happens…I’ve got a train to catch in the meantime!
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