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City complete Lescott deal
26 Aug 2009 - 07:25:23
Manchester City have completed the signing of Joleon Lescott for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £24million.
The 27-year-old England defender had been at the centre of a protracted transfer saga after Everton initially refused to sell him.
But after Lescott was dropped by the Toffees amid suggestions that he was not focused on life at Goodison Park, his move to Eastlands has now been pushed through.
"I am absolutely delighted to welcome Joleon to Manchester City. He is an England international who has proved his Premier League ability during his time at Everton," manager Mark Hughes told the club's official website.
"In bringing Joleon to the club I feel we have recruited a defender of the very highest quality.
"He can play in a number of defensive positions and I'm positive he will make a significant impact for us."
The former Wolves defender has agreed a five-year contract at the City of Manchester Stadium and his arrival takes Hughes' summer spending beyond the £125million mark.
Lescott added: "I'm over the moon to get the move completed and I'm looking forward to training with the lads as I've not trained for a few days.
"I know some of the lads already. I'm close friends with Shaun (Wright-Phillips), we've played against each other since we were 16 or 17.
"The way this club is moving on, I'm really looking forward to being a part of that."