David Moyes appears to have lost the battle to keep Joleon at the club.
MANCHESTER CITY expect to finally land Everton centre-back Joleon Lescott today.
The England defender could even be unveiled to fans at City’s Eastlands open day this afternoon.
Mark Hughes has trailed Lescott, 26, since January with Goodison chief David Moyes insisting the player was not for sale.
But Everton have reluctantly accepted City’s bid of around £22million with add-ons taking the final fee even higher.
Lescott, who cost £5m from Wolves in 2006, will double his wages to £90,000 a week when he signs a five-year deal.
He refused to put in a transfer request – fearing a fans’ backlash if the move fell through – despite telling pals he was desperate to join Hughes’ revolution.
But Evertonians were resigned to losing Lescott and believed the club should cash in.
Now the Merseysiders have finally agreed, and are close to clinching a deal to bring in Arsenal’s Philippe Senderos as a replacement. (The Sun)
So let me get this straight, Joleon didn’t want to put in a transfer request in case he didn’t get his move and would therefore receive a bad reception from the Everton fans! This makes no sense, even if he hadn’t put in the request and found himself being priced out of a move to the City of Manchester stadium he would still have got boos, because he made it abundantly clear he wanted to leave so as to boost his bank balance!
Mark Hughes needs to start getting worried about the mentality of some of his new additions. Players who join a club primarily for their inflated wage packets will almost certainly be the kind of professional footballers who do not gel to well with other like minded mercenaries.
The way Lescott treated Everton is in my view far more disgusting than the manner in which Man City conducted themselves during this long running transfer saga. At least you could claim that the Eastlands outfit were just aggresively targeting a player they desperately wanted, and whilst their tactics were loathsome and potentially illegal, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Whereas the England international basically found out he was a wanted man and realised he would double his wage packet and then did all he could to force the situation and for this reason I feel certain he will feel the wrath of the Goodison Park crowd when he returns there in a City shirt.