Moyes says England international could return to Merseyside.
Everton manager David Moyes has not ruled out bringing Joleon Lescott back to Goodison Park if Manchester City decide to sell the defender.
Serbia youngster Matija Nastasic has overtaken the England defender in the City pecking order this season, and Moyes would have no qualms about bringing back a player who left Merseyside acrimoniously three seasons ago.
“If Joleon wanted to come back – if I thought we needed him – I’d be delighted to have him back.
“If he was available he’d be someone I’d maybe show an interest in.”
The Scot was unimpressed by Lescott’s attitude and public statements while his £22million transfer was being finalised, but he said all was forgiven now: “I can understand why the player wanted to go.
“When Joleon left, Everton were in a different place to where we are now. Everton look more likely now to be at the top end than they do now.”
SOURCE: Setanta Sports
While the prospect of Joleon Lescott returning to Goodison Park is no doubt an attractive one for Everton fans, it seems an unlikely move.
Lescott left Everton to join City in a £22m deal three seasons ago and has fulfilled his dreams at City, winning a Premier League title, the FA Cup and becoming an England regular since moving to Eastlands.
But the 30-year-old has lost in place in the Champions defence to young Serbian Matija Nastasic and it may prove tough to force his way back into the team, with the teenager looking more than comfortable alongside City skipper Vincent Kompany.
Everton would welcome back a player of Lescott’s quality but City pay huge wages and would likely demand big money for the centre-half, both of which would seem out of thrifty Everton’s reach.
It is much more David Moyes’ style to search for a young, hungry and talented player in the Championship or abroad and attempt to nuture him into the next Lescott.
Moyes can also legitimately argue that despite losing both Lescott and Jack Rodwell to the mega-rich Etihad Stadium club in recent seasons, the Toffees aren’t too far behind City, as proved by Saturday’s 1-1 draw between the clubs.
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