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Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott attracts LA Galaxy bid

Aston Villa's English defender Joleon Lescott (top) celebrates after winning the match against Crystal Palace
Image: Joleon Lescott (top) celebrates after scoring against Crystal Palace

Los Angeles Galaxy have made a bid for Aston Villa central defender Joleon Lescott, according to Sky sources.

The MLS club made their approach on Wednesday with England international Lescott offered a three-year contract to move to the United States.

Galaxy, who already have former Premier League players Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane in their squad, are looking to replace Omar Gonzalez who joined Mexican club Pachuca for an undisclosed fee last month.

Lescott, 33, joined Aston Villa from West Brom for £2m on September 1 last year and has made 14 appearances for the Premier League's basement club.

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He has 26 caps to his name and previously played for Wolves, Everton and Manchester City, the latter paying £22m for his services in August 2009.

There has been no official response from Villa to Galaxy's bid, but Villa boss Remi Garde described Lescott as a player he could "rely on" after he scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in midweek which ended Villa's long losing run.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott is congratulated after scoring against Crystal Palace
Image: Lescott is congratulated after netting against Palace

"Joleon is a very experienced player, he spreads serenity and calm. He knows the game and is a player I can rely on. He is not as young as he used to be, I try to manage him and others as best I can," said the Frenchman.

Lescott had, however, angered some Villa fans after he was accused of playing a game involving chewing gum with goalkeeper Brad Guzan on the substitutes' bench during last Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup draw with League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. 

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