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Sunderland sign Joleon Lescott on a free transfer

Joleon Lescott during a Sunderland training session at The Academy of Light (Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC)
Image: Joleon Lescott has joined Sunderland on a deal until the end of the season (Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC)

Sunderland have signed former Manchester City and Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old had been without a club since being released by AEK Athens in November after less than three months at the Greek club.

He becomes Sunderland manager David Moyes' first signing of the January transfer window and could make his debut against Crystal Palace in the Premier League next week.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott after the Premier League match v Manchester United at Old Trafford, as relegation is confirmed
Image: Lescott suffered relegation with Aston Villa last season

Sunderland sit bottom of the table, three points from safety and are without a win in their last seven matches in all competitions.

Lescott featured 33 times for Aston Villa last season, but could not stop his boyhood club from suffering relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

LONDON - APRIL 21:  David Moyes manager of Everton tries to give instructions to Joleon Lescott of Everton during the Barclays Premiership match between We
Image: Lescott is David Moyes' first signing of the January transfer window and played under him at Everton

He won two Premier League titles during a successful five-year spell at City and has also played for West Bromwich Albion, Everton, where he played under Moyes, and Wolves.

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Lescott has been capped 26 times by England and represented his country at Euro 2012, scoring in their opening match against France.

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