Top marks to the Merseyside outfit for not giving in so easily to megabucks City.
Everton will demand £30million from Manchester City for Joleon Lescott after David Moyes finally lost patience and ordered the defender to train by himself.
City will contact Goodison Park bosses with an improved offer of £22m after failing with recent bids of £15m and £18m, but will be told to go even higher to end the saga over Everton‘s disgruntled England centre half.
It will be a test of City’s apparent willingness to pay whatever is required land their main targets. But they are expected to reach a compromise, nearer Everton’s valuation than theirs, to partner Lescott with Kolo Toure at the heart of their defence.
Moyes finally snapped over the stance adopted by his £5m signing from Wolves and admitted his sullen mood was having a negative effect on the rest of the squad.
Dismayed by the lack of fight in an opening 6-1 home humiliation by Arsenal – and Lescott’s subsequent demeanour in training – he informed the 27-year-old that he would not be taking part in Thursday night’s Europa League qualifier against Sigma Olomouc and ordered him to train alone. (Daily Mail)
Joleon Lescott isn’t worth £30m but that simply is not the point anymore and I am glad to see Everton playing hardball with Man City over their unsubtle attempts to force the club’s hand.
Now that the defender has let all the speculation and blatant tapping up from Mark Hughes’s side get to him David Moyes had no choice but to punish the England man by dropping him from tonight’s UEFA Cup tie and I applaud the Scot for doing just that.
However what will the Toffees do if they get to the last few hours before the transfer window shuts and they do not have the bid they requested? Then they may have to re-think their strategy because keeping Lescott past the 1st of September will only damage them and the Goodison Park outfit needs money and would ideally need it in good time to spend it on replacements.