West Ham are close to securing a mega-money move for Manchester City‘s Joleon Lescott, according to the Telegraph.

A deal looked to have been out of West Ham’s financial reach last week but it is believed they have finally agreed to a three-and-a-half year deal worth around £90,000-a-week to bring the England centre-half to Upton Park.

But City are not willing to allow Lescott to the leave the Etihad Stadium until nearer the end of the transfer window, which could force Sam Allardyce to seek defensive reinforcements elsewhere if he feels he needs back up sooner.

The Hammers were able to field two centre-halves for the first-time since Boxing Day for their 2-0 Premier League victory against Cardiff yesterday, but still have James Collins, Winston Reid and Guy Demel sidelined with injury, while James Tomkins red card at the Cardiff City stadium mean he faces a one-match suspension.