One of the longest drawn out transfer sagas of the summer is finally over!
England defender Joleon Lescott has completed his protracted move from Everton to Manchester City.
The 27-year-old defender has signed a five-year contract for a fee thought to be about £22m, taking City’s summer spending to more than £120m.
The transfer brings to end the bitter wrangle between the two clubs, with Everton boss David Moyes accusing City of “disgusting” behaviour.
Lescott could make his City debut against Portsmouth on Sunday.
City boss Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Joleon to Manchester City.
“In bringing Joleon to the club I feel we have recruited a defender of the very highest quality. He can play in a number of defensive positions, and I’m positive he will make a significant impact for us.”
Lescott said: “I’m over the moon to get the move completed, and I’m looking forward to training with the lads as I’ve not trained for a few days.
“The way this club is moving on, I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.” (BBC Sport)
£22m is probably a lot more than Everton fans could have expected to make for the former Wolves man and given his recent attitude problems David Moyes was left with no choice but to take the money and run and with that chunk of change could easily find himself a decent replacement and still have change in his pocket.
Man City are keen to solidify their back line and there is no doubt this signing does that but they have paid over the odds for the England man, and perhaps that’s what they deserve for handling the transfer so badly and essentially unsettling the player to such an extent that something had to give and inevitably did.
One wonders if part of the completed deal may included an assurance that the Toffees wouldn’t report the Eastlands outfit to the FA about the manner in which they conducted themselves during this long drawn out affair. The date to look out for is the 16th of January when Man City visit Goodison Park. Will Lescott have a mysterious injury or will he have the guts to show himself at the fixture? Either way is the deal a good one all round?