Joleon Lescott will be allowed to leave Manchester City before the end of the transfer window if Manuel Pellegrini can secure a replacement, with West Ham United and Fulham vying to sign the central defender.

A £90,000-a-week offer from West Ham to Lescott that would pay him £70,000 per week, even if the club is relegated, remains on the table and, although it is unclear if Fulham will match those terms, the 31-year-old's future depends on City bringing in a defender.