Manchester City Agree Deal With Everton For Joleon Lescott

Joleon-Lescott-001 Joleon Lescott’s well-documented move from Everton to Manchester City has seemingly edged a significant step closer this evening Sunday, with the news that the Toffees have agreed a fee for the player with their Mancunian counterparts.

Sky Sports News reports that the fee is £24 million, whilst City’s official website confirms that a deal has been agreed between the clubs pending a medical without mentioning a price tag.

Toffees manager David Moyes today acknowledged that the player was on the verge of completing a move which has become English football’s main talking point in the last few weeks, with Everton claiming that the player was undergoing a medical at Eastlands.

The move has been tainted with sourness throughout, with Moyes angry about the way in which in which both City have conducted the move, and the way the player has reacted to the situation.

“It’s been difficult because Joleon’s attitude has been so poor and it’s had an effect and that’s why we’ve had to leave him out,” the Scotsman told The Daily Telegraph last week prior to the UEFA Cup clash with Sigma Olomouc.

“Obviously we’d rather have him playing but if a player is going to behave in the manner he did, we’ve had no choice but to keep him away from it.

“You could see the effect that it had last week. I think it’s played a big part behind the scenes.”

Lescott was also omitted from the squad that lost out to Burnley at the weekend, meaning that his final appearance in Everton colours was the 6-1 loss to Arsenal on August 15.

Everton will now begin their search for a replacement in earnest, with reports last week from Sky claiming that the Toffees were already in negotiations to bring Newcastle United’s Steven Taylor to Goodison Park.

Moyes confirmed that he was looking to bring in further reinforcement, telling his club’s official website earlier today, “We’re hopeful to add to it (the squad),” he said. “I’d like to get four players in, if possible.”


~ by footballdirecta on August 24, 2009.

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