Premier League strugglers Sunderland have finally confirmed their first January signing in the shape of 34-year-old Joleon Lescott, who joins the club on a short-term contract until the end of the season.
The ex-Everton centre-back will be reunited with old boss David Moyes at the Stadium of Light, as well as joining ex-Toffees Victor Anichebe, Stephen Pienaar and Jack Rodwell – who all previously played at Goodison Park, but now ply their trade on Wearside.
The England international, who was instrumental in Aston Villa’s abysmal demise last season, has joined the Black Cats as a free agent, and is now looking to repair his reputation in England’s top flight.
The ageing defender signed up for another relegation scrap after an unsuccessful spell with Greek giants AEK Athens, where he only appeared four times.
Lescott becoming a Sunderland player shows the ambition, or lack of, that the North East club have at this present moment.
Owner Ellis Short has made it clear he is not willing to back Moyes during the transfer window, and with the 53-year-old Scot already stating none of his January targets are likely to make a big difference, it looks as if the club are already resigned to relegation.
With 16 games left to go in this campaign, and only three points the difference between themselves at the bottom of the table and safety, it is shocking to see the sheer short-sightedness of the Black Cats hierarchy.
The Stadium of Light faithful have had to endure awful times of late, and their reaction, as well as others on Twitter, shows their hardship is far from over.
Here are some of the best tweets:
Joleon Lescott to Sunderland may win the award for the most depressing transfer of the month
— Ryan Catanese (@rcatanese) January 24, 2017
Joleon Lescott would be a perfect fit for Sunderland. He's been an absolute embarrassment since about 2013 and so have they. Great match.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) January 20, 2017
So glad Sunderland have signed Joleon Lescott there was rumours my team North Ferriby where in talks with him.. Dodged a bullet there
— Flat cap and Ferret (@ClinkClinkFizz) January 25, 2017
Horrible day for Sunderland as they lose Victor Anichebe for 3 months and sign a fully fit Joleon Lescott.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) January 25, 2017
How on earth is @JoleonLescott still a premier league defender?!
Nb. I'll edit this in 4 months once he's relegated Sunderland AFC.
— AJ Morley (@AlexMorley1) January 25, 2017
Joleon Lescott and Sunderland. Has a player and club ever been so destined for each other?
— Andrew Stewart (@andrewastewart) January 24, 2017
— nuno is god ðŸ‡µðŸ‡¹ (@paulgarrett78) January 24, 2017
How is Lescott signing meant to inspire confidence for Sunderland fans? Prepares them for neither a relegation battle or the future #SAFC
— Christian Elwis (@ChristianElwis) January 24, 2017
Lescott to save Sunderland from relegation ,Down I'm afraid , no offence to Lescott but just not the signing Sunderland need.
— Paul Devanny (@goaliesbhoy) January 24, 2017
— Marc Wood (@marcw1987) January 24, 2017