Joleon Lescott has agreed to join West Bromwich Albion on a two-year contract, the English Premier League club confirmed on Friday. The 31-year-old arrives as a free agent from July 1 after ending his five-year spell at Manchester City where he won two Premier League titles.
The Baggies said in a statement that Lescott's deal has the option of a further year. He becomes the first signing of new head coach Alan Irvine whom he worked with at Everton.
"I'm delighted we've been able to agree a deal with Joleon," Irvine said. "He's an England international and a proven Premier League player, who has been at the top level for a number of years. He's got Premier League and cup medals to his name and has had a fantastic career so far.
"When we realised he was available and there was a realistic chance of getting him here we started to work very hard on it. Full credit to the board and everyone at the club for getting this done as quickly and effectively as they did. I know Joleon and the type of personality and character he is, in addition to knowing what he can do as a player. He's a great professional and he will add to a number of very good professionals who are already in the squad."