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Lescott: Pressure Upon Everton Intensifies

Mark Hughes' patient wait for something to give following City's two rejected bids for The Toffees Joleon Lescott has realised a written transfer request from the England international...

...and Everton have rejected it.

Everton's gaffer David Moyes stated on the club's official website:

'I have always said that we are not selling any players and that hasn't changed.'

The big question now is following those two knocked back bids of £15 and £18 million, will it be confirmed that City have gone back a third time with an offer the Everton board would find hard to refuse regardless of their manager's stance?

Should City bag Lescott, then Sparky and his backroom staff can certainly point to a more than successful summer of squad strengthening.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 11 2009

Time: 11:42AM

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11/08/2009 12:06:00

i also predicted city would finish third, got a tongue lashing of biblical proportions.....,24015,15201_5473245,00.html
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11/08/2009 12:46:00

i think out of principle everton wont sell,maybe we should have held onto jo for a while until we got lescot...typical city eh.
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11/08/2009 13:33:00

If we sold him now we would have 1 CB for both legs of our European tie, since it's now too late to register new players. There's no way Moyes will sell now, particularily because of Hughes not contacting him directly about the player at any stage.
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11/08/2009 14:49:00

If Everton won't sell him, City can't buy him, simples -- City must move on and bid for other defenders.
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11/08/2009 15:02:00

Sylvain Distin to return?
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2009 15:19:00

I agree with Everton Mike, I would hope we would do the same if we were in the same postion. The Everton Board stand more to lose than Lescott if they agree to the sale. It has to be with Moyes' consent and It would appear that he can't get ina replacement. We have to look elsewhere, but it seems that we have been blinkered in our search.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2009 15:40:00

Ain't everton after that Arsenal centre back? How about money and Richard Dunne in exchange for Lescott!
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11/08/2009 18:01:00

See EvertonMike's post... I presume Lescott has already been registered to play in the Europa League qualifier next week so any signings made won't be able to take his place, and we currently only have one other central defender fit in Joseph Yobo. You've gone about this in the worst possible way and hopefully it will end sooner rather than later.
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11/08/2009 18:42:00

Everton have opened negotiations with arsenal for over a week regarding senderos. If everton are interested in senderos - then they would have jag, yobo, rodwell, lescott. Doesnt seem like moyes is having that many problems finding players. City have acted correctly, went through the right channels and the fact that hughes hasnt contacted moyes personally is neither here or there. Both men dont have a personal relationship - so why would hughes call him for anything?!?! Chairman to chairman communications are used worldwide to seal transfer deals. Lescot doesnt want to play for everton. Thats the bottom line
enzo city
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11/08/2009 18:44:00

Rodwell is 5 years from being ready to play CB at any kind of decent level. Yobo is going on holiday in January to the African nations cup, and Jags is out till Christmas. Say we signed Sendoros and kept Lescott we wouldn't have more than 3 fit and available CB's until February, and if we signed nobody we would have no back up what so ever for 2/3's a season, it's fair to assume at some point one would get injured / suspended.... You make it sound like we have a lot of options there, but we simply don't.
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11/08/2009 20:33:00

Point taken. Would richard dunne interest everton for free? Someone has to want him.
enzo city
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11/08/2009 23:44:00

You can have Tal Ben-Haim and 20 million. Can't say fairer than that. We'll throw Garrido in too if you need cover for left back.
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12/08/2009 00:06:00

Will this 'saga' ever end? Walk away City and let Everton think that they have just lost 20m which they wont get offered again - remember the RSC saga with fat Sam?
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12/08/2009 04:36:00

TBF I don't think its a question of money, its a question of player availability for Everton, we had a similar thing in strikers, when all we had was the kids to send on and hope they did a good job.
Buzz Lightyear
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12/08/2009 04:59:00

Nothing is going to happen on this front so we need to walk away and sign somebody else.
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15/08/2009 13:53:00


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