Cats land veteran Lescott
Joleon Lescott has become Sunderland's newest recruit after manager David Moyes once again turned to one of his Everton old boys.
The 34-year-old central defender has been training with the Black Cats in recent days following his release by Greek side AEK Athens in November and has now followed Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar to the Stadium of Light after signing a contract until the end of the season.
A statement read: "Joleon Lescott has joined Sunderland AFC on a short-term contract. The defender has put pen to paper on a deal with the Black Cats until the end of the season."
Birmingham-born Lescott, who has 26 England caps, began his career at Wolves before Moyes paid £5million to take him to Goodison Park in June 2006.
His form on the blue half of Merseyside, where he made almost 150 senior appearances, earned him a £22million switch to Manchester City three years later. He collected two Premier League winners' medals before he eventually left the club as a free agent for West Brom in 2014 before signing for Aston Villa in 2015.
Lescott's arrival will boost Sunderland's defensive resources as Moyes looks to bolster his squad on an extremely limited budget.
With Papy Djilobodji facing a four-game ban after being charged with violent conduct during Saturday's 2-0 Premier League defeat at West Brom and Lamine Kone currently on African Nations Cup duty, it could hardly be more timely.