It was always going to happen sooner or later!
Manchester City expect to have Joleon Lescott playing for them in time for the big kick-off on Saturday, taking Mark Hughes’ spending this summer past £100million.
City believe their final offer of £20m plus add-ons for the England defender will be accepted by Everton, who remain unhappy with their North West rivals.
Sportsmail believes the transfer will be completed in the next 36 hours.
After privately declaring the move all but dead over the weekend, it is understood
City were given encouragement on Monday afternoon and are now hopeful of having the player in their line-up to face Blackburn.
Everton, who have said they will not be bullied into agreeing the deal, are finally wavering.
While City are paying over £5m more than they originally expected, it once again shows the support for manager Hughes from the rich owners. (Daily Mail)
Credit to David Moyes for trying his hardest to prevent such a move from happening but it does seem now that Everton will be saying goodbye to their England defender who it seems is very keen on making the move to Eastlands.
Man City clearly now have the spending power to tempt players outside the top traditional top four with the promise of big wages and the potential to be joining a club who aims to break that quartets stranglehold on the Premier League.
Now you can argue that players such as Joleon Lescott are simply trying to further their careers, or you could argue that in a similar situation that you or I would go where the most money was and both arguments have some basis in logic but it’s more the manner in which City has unsettled the player and also the way the player himself has pushed for a move that irks a little especially when you consider that the Toffees made the former Wolves player who he is today and therefore have every right to demand some semblance of loyalty.
The good news for the Goodison Park outfit is that they will get a sum of money that far outweighs the talent of the player and that cash injection could greatly aid the club and perhaps help bring in two or three players and therefore give the club more strength in depth and make them better able to deal with the loss of key players through injury which has in recent years been a real problem for the Merseyside club.