This statement from Everton’s official website :
“Everton has agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for the transfer of defender Joleon Lescott.
The Club had previously rejected two offers for the England centre back, with David Moyes repeatedly stating his desire to keep his best players at Goodison Park.
However, Lescott informed the Club he wanted to leave 12 days ago, submitting a formal transfer request.
That request was quickly rejected, with the Blues boss again reiterating he was unwilling to sell the player.
But since then Moyes has revealed there was a noticeable change in the player’s attitude and as a result decided that it is in the best interests of the Club if he allowed Lescott to leave.
Chairman Bill Kenwright has worked tirelessly to get the best deal for Everton, achieving a substantial increase on Manchester City’s initial offer.
Lescott will now meet with Manchester City and will sign subject to him successfully negotiating personal terms and passing a medical.”
No surprise really. In fact, there has been a sad inevitability about Lescott’s departure from Goodison Park.
The timing of the move is very bad news for the beleaguered David Moyes, who now has just one week to unearth a decent left-sided centre-back to replace Lescott. And of course, the whole Lescott saga has contributed to the club’s poor start to the season.