Aston Villa have completed the signing of Joleon Lescott from West Brom for a fee that could rise to £2million.
The 33-year-old has signed a two-year contract at Villa Park to become Tim Sherwood’s 11th signing of the transfer window.
Sherwood made space in his squad by sending Nathan Baker on loan to Bristol City, and Lescott will compete for a place with Ciaran Clark, Jores Okore and former Manchester City team-mate Micah Richards.
Sherwood said: “I’m delighted to bring Joleon on board. He’s a player who has great Premier League experience and he’ll be a huge help to the younger members of our squad.”
Lescott, who twice won the title with City, joined West Brom on a free transfer last summer and started 36 league games.
His home debut for Villa could come against Albion on Saturday September 19, and he is looking forward to starting work with his new team.
He said: “I am buzzing to have signed for Aston Villa. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I can’t wait to get going now.
“I remember coming on a trial and being told I didn’t quite make the grade so it’s a special occasion for me and my family to finally sign for this club.
“My brother Aaron was probably the main reason I fell in love with Aston Villa at a young age. It’s strange now seeing a lot of the players he played with as a youth player – such as Ben Petty – here now coaches.
“I enjoyed watching Dalian Atkinson, Dean Saunders and Andy Townsend – I’ll never forget the Muller sign on the shirt.
“We now have a young, energetic squad but hopefully I can bring some experience and help it develop over the next few years.”