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Hughes Confirms Lescott Talks



Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that the club is in talks with Everton over the proposed transfer of Joleon Lescott.

Speaking after todays win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hughes said: 'My understanding before the game was that the clubs are speaking.

'I would suggest that is a positive sign, although whether or not anything is concluded only time will tell.'

City's pursuit of Lescott has been well documented with Everton manager David Moyes reluctant to let his star defender leave the club.

Recently, Moyes seems to have changed his stance after the England internationals reaction to his sides 6-1 loss to Arsenal saw him omitted from Everton's Europa League squad.

The deal is reportedly worth in the region of 22m.

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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 22 2009

Time: 6:47PM

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Really? City are in talks for Lescott? Who knew. His Everton career is over now anyway whether he leaves for City now, or in January, or to anyone else. No way back for him after the Hibbo/Yobo/Neville incident. Hopefully we don't get stuck with ******** Dunne in exchange for him as was reported earlier.
EvertonMike
Please spend as much money on him as you like, we could do with as much as poss from trhe sell on clause. Kerching!!!
OLDGOLD
In my honest opinion I would have liked Lescott to remain at Everton as I feel Everton need him more than we do. We should have moved for Bassong when we had the chance, a young player who wouldnt mind the learning curve. On the plus- Lescott is an established player and would be a great signing for us. Also, it gives Everton the opportunity to sign a new right-back, central defender AND defensive midfielder with the money- which they DESPERATELY need (correct me if i'm wrong EM). Hope there's no bad blood, good luck for the season ahead.
eighthsin
Well we'd need to sign a CB and a LB to fill the void left by Lescott just to break even. Which would take say 7 million for Taylor and 5 million for a random left back. Which would only leave us about 8 million to improve on just keeping Lescott. But since he's unsettled now, and half the team hate him not to mention the fans, there's little point keeping him. There will always be bad blood in Everton v City games now anyway eightsin, after Robinho laughing at the Street end after scoring last season, and then getting spat at. And lescott himself will certainly be given a strong reaction.
EvertonMike
LOL well cant be helped in football I suppose. At least we let you have Jo - an 18m striker for 2 years. Cant be too hard on us!
eighthsin
I was told we paid 1.25 million to have him on loan for 6 months last year, and a further 2mil for this full season one, so it wasn't just out the kindness of your hearts!
EvertonMike
This is now looking like City will get Lescott. The England international simply cannot stay at Everton because his manager has made the issue so personal and acrimonious. I think City will be paying over the odds for the defender but I think he will fit in very well to a team which has a strong cadre of English players. With Richards, Onuoha, Bridge, Lescott, Wright-Phillips and Barry, City could be providing half an England team in the near future. And Joe Hart could come back to join in too.
Sindbad
"I was told we paid 1.25 million to have him on loan for 6 months last year, and a further 2mil for this full season one, so it wasn't just out the kindness of your hearts!" Yeah, its because we need the money. To be honest, i think Moyes has brought this on himself and as you pointed out spitting at Robinho is merely highlighting the grubby little club you are.
EddieBell
Yes because one gob*****e defines a whole club, idiot.
EvertonMike
We've been well and truly ripped off if this transfer goes through and he better be worth all of the bad feeling that this situation has caused.
Kevinho
Get used to overpaying. Whatever the final sum is, Lescott's not worth it. And the funny thing is, the goal is to improve the club, to win trophies and all that. Lescott will bring you moderate defensive stability. His cost will not justify what you've paid, and that smacks of desperation and nothing more--because it's quite clear that he isn't worth more than 20m. It's not as if he's highly rated and you pay loads, and then he doesn't live up to the bill.
RadioactiveD
 

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