Hughes closes in on £23m Lescott deal as Everton defender has City medical

24 August 2009 01:00
Joleon Lescott has arrived at Manchester City to undergo a medical as the Everton defender looks set to complete his protracted £23m switch to Eastlands. Having rejected opening bids of £15m and £18m previously for the England international, Everton finally caved into the relentless pressure of City's millions and accepted a considerably improved offer on Sunday.  The former Wolves centre-back was dropped by manager David Moyes for the club's 4-0 Europa League win over Sigma Olomouc last Thursday and was missing from Sunday's 1-0 defeat at newly promoted Burnley, with the Scot citing poor attitude. Lescott handed in a transfer request which was initially refused at Goodison Park but now the club have reluctantly agree to part ways with Lescott, making a handsome profit of £18m from the £5m they signed him from Molineux in 2006. The 27-year-old will become Mark Hughes' sixth big-money summer signing and the City boss has promised there will be more to follow before the window closes for business with former Arsenal and Barcelona full-back Sylvinho next in line.

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