It was reported yesterday by the Mail Online that former Everton man Joleon Lescott could leave Manchester City for as little as £4 million. Lescott has been fairly inactive as a player this season and as a result has lost his England place to Rio Ferdinand who was re-called this week in his place. Lescott is now 30 years old and is according to sources looking for a way out of the Etihad.
Many clubs are likely to make a bid for the defender with proven Premier League experience, league winning experience at that. Everton though would most likely be the highest placed club to make a move for the Birmingham Born defender and this could be a vital factor in his decision. The player has also played for Everton before, he was part of a joint best defence in the league in 2008, pairing up with Phil Jagielka. If the pair were to be reunited and produce some of those solid displays again, the England Centre Back positions could be grabbed quite quickly.
Potential snags lie in the way, as wages and the relationship between the two clubs, especially over this certain player, aren’t great. Lescott caused fury amongst Everton boss David Moyes and the fan base in the Autumn of 2009 after he put in a woeful performance in the 6-1 home humiliation to Arsenal. He then refused to train and eventually forced the sale through for a healthy £24 million. It remains to be seen whether the majority of the fan base could forgive him. Lescott is also on 90k a week and this would mean he would have to take a pay drop to join Everton, where at other clubs, such as QPR or Newcastle, he could continue to bring in the same range of money.