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Tottenham interested in loan move for Joleon Lescott, according to reports

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Kicking off the January silly season, here's a transfer rumour for you all to chew on.

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Michael Regan

With Jan Vertonghen still in the midst of a recovery stage from a nasty injury layoff at the end of last year, and with the future of basically Younes Kaboul's whole career shrouded in mystery at the moment, it would make sense for Tottenham to be in the market at the moment for a temporary centre-back option to reinforce our numbers. Our first-choice option, according to the Mail and the Telegraph amongst other sources, is Joleon Lescott, who has struggled for any sort of play time this season at Manchester City under Manuel Pellegrini's stewardship.

To tell the truth, I have very mixed feelings about this potential move. On the plus side, Lescott is a highly experienced England international who played a part in City's title run and runner-up finish the past two seasons. This would logically make him a calm and influential presence both in the dressing room and on the pitch. Furthermore, though he's already hit the ripe old footballing age of 31, Everton's loan of Gareth Barry this year has shown that nabbing an under-utilised veteran on a short-term deal can provide an immediate boost without the long-term downside of having to find someone else to dump them on down the line.

That said, there's a reason why Lescott hasn't played much at all this term, and that's because his recent performances in a City shirt have been pretty poor. In addition to the fact that he's always been prone to lapses of concentration, with his already limited turning ability and pace declining by the day, the prospect of lining up against the top sides with him and Dawson providing protection to Hugo Lloris really gives me the heebie-jeebies. But hey, anything beats another spell with Capoue at the back, right?