Joleon Lescott denied Wolves return as Manchester City insist on permanent sale

23 December 2010 10:35
Manchester City have dealt Wolves a major blow in their ambitious attempt to re-sign Joleon Lescott after the mega-rich club stated they have no plans to loan the star out.[LNB]City, however, are willing to sell the England international who has struggled to impress following his high-profile £22million arrival from Everton last season.[LNB]Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was keen to shore up his defence by offering to take Lescott back to Molineux, where the 28-year started his career before moving to Goodison Park in 2006, only to be denied by City who are only interested in a sale.[LNB] No go: Manchester City's demands have scuppered any chance of Lescott returning to Molineux[LNB]Lescott's wages also presented McCarthy another major obstacle with Wolves not able to compromise on their strict wage policy to pay the player anywhere near his £90,000-a-week salary he earns at Eastlands.[LNB]Although Lescott would relish the opportunity to return his first club, where he made 235 appearances, it now appears highly unlikely of materialising.[LNB]Lescott admitted in October he would definitely consider going back to Molineux having fallen out of favour at Manchester City under manager Roberto Mancini.[LNB]He said: 'If the situation was right, I would always come back.[LNB] Hard times: Lescott has struggled to win over City boss Roberto Mancini[LNB][LNB]'Wolves have been a massive part of my life. I plied my trade there, I have a lot of very close friends behind the scenes and if the opportunity was there, I'd definitely come back.[LNB]'I'm a City player and I'm fully focused on them but, if the situation changed, then I'd love to play for Wolves.'[LNB]Meanwhile, long-term injury victim Michael Kightly hopes to step up his recovery bid in the New Year and return to light training in four weeks, ending a year of frustration.[LNB]  Lescott fears he may have to leave Man City to save his England careerEdin Dzeko will cost £38m: Wolfsburg try to fend off Manchester City - so Fernando Torres is in their sightsHamburg to approach Manchester City misfit Jo with a way out of EastlandsMANCHESTER CITY FC

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