UPDATE 26/08: Lescott officially puts pen to paper and has signs a five-year deal.
After what seems like months of negotiations, it finally seems that we have got our man — Joleon Lescott will be a Manchester City player within days, according to the Official Site. It was rumoured that Lescott was actually at the Manchester City v Wolves match, and thankfully we were sent pictures to prove it...
This move has been inevitable for some time — once Lescott submitted a formal transfer request, there was only really going to be one outcome. Modern players may sign four and five year contracts regularly, but if they receive an offer from another club far superior to their current deal, there is little the club can do to prevent the move.
While David Moyes' continued resistance to the sale was admirable, the feud between himself and Lescott has only served to disrupt their opening to the season. It is no surprise that Everton now find themselves at the foot of the table, courtesy of defeats to Arsenal and Burnley.
It may not have been the shrewdest, or most secretly conducted bit of business Hughes has done, but we finally have our man. But at what cost? The fee of £24million is ridiculous quite frankly, even if we do have money to burn. Where does this leave our captain Richard Dunne? Or academy graduate Nedum Onuoha, who only recently signed a five-year contract?
Hughes most definitely has a problem on his hands. It's a good problem I suppose, to have too many players rather than too few... but it is a problem nonetheless.