Joleon Lescott is reportedly keen on a move away from Everton, despite not officially handing in a transfer request as yet.
Lescott hoping to fly out of the Everton door and land in Manchester.
This news is likely to alert Manchester City who have already had two bids rejected for the defender.
Mark Hughes is clearly determined to sign Lescott and this news is likely to lift his spirits after being knocked back with offers of £15m and £18m. Everton are desperate to keep one of their most consistent players, but the player himself is clearly keeping his options open.
It was BBC Radio 5 live that today reported of Lescott’s desire to leave the club, with nothing official coming from the player or club for the time being. With Manchester City already adding several high-profile players though, it appears Lescott is interested in joining the Eastlands revolution.
Gareth Barry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz have already joined Hughes’ squad this summer from Premier League rivals, so it would come as no surprise if Lescott followed suit. As they say, money (with plenty of ambition) talks.
John Terry was Hughes’ number one centre-back target, but having missed out on the Chelsea skipper, it seems a good Premier League bet that he could do a lot worse than signing Lescott who has become a regular member of Fabio Capello’s England squad.
A centre-back pairing of Toure and Lescott, combined with the attacking threat Hughes has at his disposal, should mean that Manchester City would have a squad to be reckoned with.
The defensive side of this is obviously dependant on Lescott joining, but news that Everton are in talks to sign Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos suggests that they might be preparing for the 26-year-old’s departure.