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Everton Snub City's £18m Offer

Everton Snub City's £18m Offer

Everton FC made an official announcement earlier today and in layman's terms snubbed Manchester City's £18m offer for defender Joleon Lescott.

The Club statement read...

'Everton Football Club can confirm it has received an offer of £18m for Joleon Lescott from Manchester City and that offer has been rejected outright.'

Earlier in the summer Toffees boss David Moyes turned down £15m for his star defender, and now it appears the Scotsman is digging his heels in.

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Date:Thursday July 30 2009
Time: 4:47PM


we should only make a third bid if lescott asks for a transfer there is noway he is worth 28m hes not worth 20m, now lets see lescott ask for a transfer to show that he really wants to come and play for city otherwise move on, im sure theres a few other fish out there we are casting our net over, ive said it b4 and i'll say it again we should of asked 2-3m for Jo for a full years loan maybe then we would have more of a bargaining tool.
30/07/2009 17:43:00
plus they prolly had him for free last season to!
30/07/2009 17:44:00
The Jo situation is a different thing and should not be confused with because we have lent you Jo, you should sell us Lescott. It is essential to maintain good relations with other clubs. Everton are quite within their rights to refuse to sell any of their players, we have that same right. Just because we have money does not mean that clubs have to sell no matter how much money we offer. I feel the ball is securly in Lescotts court and if he genuinely wants a move to City, then he knows what he has to do.
Buzz Lightyear
30/07/2009 19:13:00
He's only been at Everton for 3 seasons, and while that's a good period of time, he's not a lifer there. He didn't come through their academy and he's not any closer to success there than he would be here, he'd be playing with better players at City and he'd be getting a raise. I see no reason NOT to put in a transfer request. I expect it when Everton returns from the States.
30/07/2009 19:46:00
£18 million - cough up yer peasants!
30/07/2009 20:10:00
18 million was never going to get him. We have Jags out till November, and Yobo going to go on his holidays to Africa in January, and the start of a Premier League season only 2 weeks away. The deal made sense for everyone back in June, it's simply not going to happen now City left it too long before bidding. They knew about our lack of centre halves back in about April time, but wait till late July to bid.
30/07/2009 21:20:00
Everton cant lose Lescott, they would be weakened considerably. They need to replace Hibbert and add a holding midfielder- then they could sneak past Arsenal too!
30/07/2009 21:27:00
The Everrton board are playing hardball because they know we really want Lescott, and are just trying to milk us for as much cash as possible. I'm sure Moyes wants to keep the player, but I'm equally sure Kenwright would very much like a huge cash injection at the club. One more bid then walk away will do me.
30/07/2009 22:07:00
From a City poinbt of view, I think £18M is too much for Lescott. Toure is a pedigree defender with three times the quality experience of the ex-Wolves man, who has only been at Everton for three years, and won nothing. There are better ways for Hughes to spend the money. Brede Hangeland could be captured for £12-13M, and he is arguably a better defender. Okay, Lescott scores some goals, but I don't think City will have that problem next season. On the other hand it is difficult to fault Everton and David Moyes. They need to hold on to Lescott because Jagielka will be out till Xmas. If the roles were reversed then I would not want Hughes to sell Lescott for any price.
30/07/2009 22:48:00
I agree Sindbad, but the fact that as Sparky put it there is one price for Manchester City and another for all the rest, so for the time being we have to pay that premium until we have a side that is god enough to compete at the top level.I go back to the start of the summer when I thought without anything to offer these players in terms of Europe we will end up with no-one of any quality, but thats all changed, players are now wanting to come here and although we cannot offer them Europe, we hopefully can oblige them the season after next. Lescott is going to cost money, but Moyes needs a replacement and that is understandable. Hughes must have a plan B,C,D,E,F.
Buzz Lightyear
31/07/2009 07:14:00
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