By Tom Blackburn
Joleon Lescott dropped a huge hint that he may be joining Leeds on Thursday – and their fans had mixed opinions about the centre-back filling their defensive void.
Roberto Di Matteo confirmed on Friday that he has told Lescott he can leave the club on a free transfer and the centre-back suggested where he could be headed when he followed then unfollowed the Yorkshire giants on Twitter on Wednesday night.
Leeds are in the market for a new player at the heart of the defence, with only three senior players currently in that position in Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper and on-loan Kyle Bartley.
Lescott joined Aston Villa from West Brom last summer for just over £1million, having linked up with their Midlands rivals in 2014 on a free transfer from Manchester City.
Last season he played 32 games in the Premier League, but like much of the squad was criticised by fans for a lack of passion.
Lescott has two Premier League winners medals, which he won while at Manchester City, a club he joined for a bumper £23.4million from Everton in 2009.
Twitter users were clearly in mixed minds about whether the vast experience of Lescott would make him a good signing despite an awful 2015-16 campaign.
Here are a selection of the messages:
— Rich (@richnutting) August 5, 2016
Lescott to #lufc? Please God, no! He's a disgrace to his profession.
— Nigel F (@TheNfster) August 5, 2016
True fact. Lescott is French for Wootton. #lufc
— Tommo (@LUFC1992) August 5, 2016
Lose Bellusci to gain Lescott? Naw man. #lufc
— Andy P (@ArcticReviews) August 5, 2016
— Howie Davies (@hdavies31) August 5, 2016
In other Leeds transfer news, they have dropped a major transfer hint as they release their squad numbers.