Aston Villa have made a £1 million bid for West Brom defender Joleon Lescott, according to the Daily Mail. The Birmingham club could be left needing some defensive reinforcements following the departure of Ron Vlaar and recent interest in Nathan Baker from relegated Burnley. With injury problems ruling Jores Okore out until September Sherwood may feel further options are needed ahead of Villa's first game of the season. Lescott has been targeted before by Villa but they were unwilling to meet the ex-Man City defender's wage demands in the Paul Lambert era. Prior to a bid for Lescott, Villa ironically turned down a bid from the Baggies for Ireland international defender Ciaran Clark. In some ways a transfer would make sense for Lescott as the ex-England international is a boyhood Villa fan and joining Villa would give Lescott the chance to link up with former Man City team-mate Micah Richards. Despite the recent £8 million addition of James Chester however, it appears Pulis is unwilling to sell the defender and has rejected the offer, according to the Daily Mail article linked above. Most recently Villa have confirmed the capture of former Lorient striker Ayew and Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba as they prepare for life without Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.