Nothing screams we've got no money quite like signing a past-it centre back who was arguably the biggest part of Aston Villa's embarrassment during 2015/16 season. Lambasted for laziness and greediness, Mr Fans Favourite himself Joleon Lescott looks a dead cert to sign for Sunderland.
Once upon a time Lescott was hot property and earned Everton a whopping £22 million fee as he transferred to Manchester City at the age of 27. After over 100 league appearances and a couple of Premier League titles, he moved to West Brom where he also earned praise. It was the following season after a move to the team he apparently supported as a child where things really went downhill.
That Villa side was a disgrace to the Premier League asw well as the club itself and Lescott's conduct was equally unacceptable to professional football. His magic phone which tweeted his new £121,000 Mercedes hours after conceding six goals at home to Liverpool, his comments describing relegation as a 'weight off the shoulders', it was all a farce.
It is last season and his age, 34, rather than the decent campaign for West Brom and Lescott's successful career that leaves Sunderland fans wincing at the prospect of the former Everton man lining up alongside John O'Shea in defence.
Regardless of how disappointing the apparent nailed-on transfer feels right now, we already knew something like this was coming. David Moyes has already been very frank, perhaps overly frank, about the club's business this summer and this was always going to be the calibre of signings coming in.
Papy Djilobodji's four match suspension perhaps rubber-stamped Lescotts arrival as, unless Ivory Coast fail to beat Morrocco tonight, O'Shea will be our only senior centre back available for the match against Spurs on Tuesday.
Perhaps we should not be too despondent about Lescott's short-term contract offer. It was only a couple of seasons ago where he performed well for West Brom, with Baggies fans even calling for an England recall, and perhaps the man himself has learned his lessons from last season's embarrassment.
All we know is, Sunderland absolutely need him to come good.
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